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Police liberate stuffed bear from captivity

Latvian police revealed Tuesday how they swooped in October to release a stuffed bear being illegally held by a collector.

Police fromt the Economic Crime Bureau working with members of the Nature Protection Bureau on two occasions seized illegal bearskins and a full-sized stuffed bear after a sting operation in the Latvian capital.

A 62-year-old man sold a bearskin for €2,400 in one incident, while a 50-year-old man sold one for €1,500 in a second purchase.

"It was found that the man has no permit or other type of documentation proving the legality of bearskin," police said.

Police confiscated the haul of skins and a stuffed bear and have launched a case against the sellers who face fines of €70 to €700 if convicted.

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