Switzerland, You Had ONE BEAR...
February 24, 2013 2:17 PM Subscribe
posted by Etrigan (84 comments total)
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There was one wild bear left in Switzerland. Last year, M13 (Mike to his friends) was displaying troubling behavior, but a bear expert with the World Wildlife Foundation was optimistic about the possibility of retraining him
(via rubber bullets and firecrackers) to be more wary of humans and less likely to forage near houses for food.
Sadly, it didn't work, and M13 was shot and killed by authorities
in the Alps near the Italian border last week, soon after coming out of hibernation and reverting to form.
M13 was born in Italy as part of a reintroduction program approximately two years ago, and his home country is taking it particularly hard
. (Headline stolen from HyperVocal.)