Disorderly bear will not get a third chance

The reckless bear who has been seen several times in the vicinity of houses and has therefore been moved twice, will not be given a third opportunity and, if it does not change its behavior, the animal will have to be killed, Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) representative Rolands Auziņš told Latvian Radio October 25.

“We can't rule out the possibility that the bear won't come out of the woods again, but a third chance won't be given to him. I call on the public to be understanding because this is also a threat to people. The bear has to be in the woods, he doesn't have to be with people,” Auziņš said.

“Scientists and experts said the best thing would be to kill him. In order to justify the public's expectations that we did not immediately come to the extreme methods, we tried to start with more lenient ones – scaring, sedation and moving,” Auziņš explained.

The DAP has identified the possibilities for bear placement in captivity but has concluded that brown bears, especially from the wild, are not needed by anyone in Latvia or Europe. “If wild bears are put in captivity, they don't live long,” the DAP spokesman added.

We can only hope that the animal will bear with his fate and remain in the forests.

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