Cookie Addicted Bear Banned In Woods After Getting Too Daring

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Although many locals viewed it with affection, wildlife officials decided that was enough.

Bears that have become too accustomed to populated areas and easy sources of food can pose a risk to humans.

“In other parts of Italy or other countries, a bear like Juan Carrito would likely have been placed in captivity,” national park authorities said in a statement.

But rangers and wildlife experts have determined that the bear should remain free, even if there is a chance it will return to town in search of easy pickings.

Instead, they hope that the animal, which is fitted with a GPS collar, will soon go into hibernation and remain in the mountains when awakened in the spring.

Video footage released by national park rangers showed the bear, when released, walking through a snow-covered meadow and heading for the woods.

Juan Carrito – known to biologists as M20 – is a Marsican bear, a rare subspecies of the Eurasian bear found only in the Apennines.

Only about 50 remain in the wild and most of them live in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, a vast area of ​​mountains and forests at the junction of these regions. .

Their numbers have declined as a result of road accidents and deliberate poisonings by landowners.


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