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#1 Hum

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 16:52

(CNN) -- M13 was the only bear known to have been living wild in Switzerland, according to the Swiss national broadcaster.

Despite that status, the young male was shot Tuesday morning in Poschiavo Valley, in the Alps near the Italian border, by authorities who feared he was a threat to people.

The brown bear had become dangerous because he regularly sought out food in inhabited areas -- including a school -- and had started following people during the day, the Swiss Federal Environment Office said.

The creature also showed little fear of humans despite several attempts to get it away from villages, it said.

There was so much concern about the bear's behavior, he was fitted with a radio collar so he could be closely monitored. And in November of last year, he was classified as a "problem bear."

When M13 emerged from his winter hibernation recently, that pattern of behavior was repeated, pushing authorities to act, the environment office said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

"The bear M13 had certainly never showed any aggression toward man, but the risk that an accident might happen and that people might be badly injured or killed had become intolerable," it said.

Nonetheless, news of his death prompted grief and outrage on a Facebook page set up by supporters of M13. Some questioned why he wasn't relocated or placed in a zoo rather than being shot by wildlife officers.

The Swiss branch of the World Wildlife Fund environmental campaign group said it was "extremely disappointed" that the bear was killed. :ermm:

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#2 Growled

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:15

Have they ever heard of transplanting him somewhere else?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:42

I am truly ashamed of humans. :sleep2:

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:44

I like how they named him...M13 :D

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:45

What is more important a human life or a bear? It seems that the Swiss ought to have relocated this bear where there were no people.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:25

I agree - he should have been relocated to a remote corner of nowhere.

OTOH, if Switzerland wants to rebuild their bear population Michigan has plenty to spare!!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:01

So they knew there was only one bear, and they decided to kill it. Pretty dumb

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:07

Have they ever heard of transplanting him somewhere else?

Like where?

Eventually the Bear will find human population again and end up killing someone in search of food.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:09

It was going to die eventually and as it was the only one the population was hardly going to grow was it lol

#10 Nick H.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:43

Finally, I'll be able to sleep soundly tonight without fear of being mauled...

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:53

It was going to die eventually and as it was the only one the population was hardly going to grow was it lol


your logic is sound

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:00

It was going to die eventually and as it was the only one the population was hardly going to grow was it lol


He was a young male bear and he was the only one, he got agressive? ORLY!? he is a young male bear and he has no way to bust a nut? honestly!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:26

He was a young male bear and he was the only one, he got agressive? ORLY!? he is a young male bear and he has no way to bust a nut? honestly!


Yeah that bear probably had a miserable life anyway :(