Wednesday 5 May 2021

Prince blamed for shooting one of Europe's biggest bears


Picture of Arthur the brown bearIMAGE COPYRIGHTAGENT GREEN
image captionArthur was the biggest bear in Romania and probably the whole of the European Union

Environmental campaigners suspect a Liechtenstein prince shot dead probably the biggest bear alive in the EU on a hunting expedition in Romania in March.

They say Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein had been granted a permit to shoot a female bear that had caused damage to some farms.

But it was not a female that was shot but Arthur, a 17-year-old brown bear.

The prince who lives in Austria has not yet responded, and the BBC's attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful.

"We don't have a personal problem with the prince," Gabriel Paun of Environmental group Agent Green told the BBC. "We believe the hunting association was meeting his needs." 

The office of the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein told AFP news agency it did not know the background of this "private and personal matter". But it did stress that nature "has been one of the fundamental concerns of the House and is a central element of the family's commitment to ecological and social sustainability".

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