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Dynamic bear duo move to neighboring municipality

The young bear duo who went around doing dirty deeds in Valka municipality late September have moved on to the neighboring Smiltene municipality and continue wreaking havoc over there, Latvian Television reported October 11.

Apparently, the plan devised to scare the bears away did not work exactly as planned: the duo did indeed run from Vijciems but not back into the forest or across the border into Estonia. Rather, they picked a different village, Lobērģi, where they first snacked on honey from beehives. On a sugar-high, both bears then sought to satisfy their late-night munchies by breaking into a barn and stuffing their faces with grain.

Experts have now come up with a different tactic. Much like schoolteachers placing troublemakers far away from each other in the classroom, the bears will be sedated and released in different forests in an attempt to break the bond between the dynamic duo. For this operation, hunters, Rīga zoo employees, and Estonian experts will be involved. What could possibly go wrong?

The Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) said October 12 that an alternative would be keeping the bears in enclosures, but it has not yet been determined who could provide this service. Several applications were reviewed and deemed inadequate, according to DAP.

We have no doubt we will be reporting on the bears again in the near future, possibly when they are spotted dining on the outside terrace of a Rīga restaurant. 

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