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Thursday, July 18, 2019, 11:28
Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity
By Associated Press
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 11:28 By Associated Press


ROME — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it.

It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter high barrier. Days earlier, the bear had been captured by forest rangers after attacks on livestock.

It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter high barrier

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Environment Minister Sergio Costa tweeted "Don't shoot." He wants to avoid a replay of the 2014 death of a bear caused by a tranquilizer dart after the animal had attacked a mushroom hunter in the same region.

Elsewhere on Twitter, some on Wednesday rooted for the bear.

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The bear triggered sensor photos on Tuesday, showing it was not far from the Casteller di Trento Center where it had escaped.


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