Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Marsican bear life risk limited as court cuts hunt season

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(ANSA) – Pescara, September 10 - The Marsican brown bear,
symbol of the central Italian Abruzzo region, will benefit from
increased protection from being killed after a local tribunal
shortened the hunting season in the central Italian region, the
World Wildlife Fund said.
The bear is in danger of becoming extinct also because
local authorities in the past have placed the interests of local
hunters over that of the species, permitting long hunting
seasons, according to the WWF.
The Marsican Brown Bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus), also
known as the Apennine Brown Bear, is a subspecies of the Brown
Bear and is highly at risk, according to animal activists.
The Abruzzo region has a range of national parks and is
considered to be one of the greenest in Europe.
The wildlife activists slammed local political authorities
for the extended hunting seasons introduced in the past four
years.
A local administrative court, the TAR, recently shortened
the calendar by way of urgent injunction, limiting the risk the
bear is exposed to, the WWF said.
The local hunting season will now start on September 16.
The Marsican Brown Bear lives in a range of mountains in
the Abruzzo national parks. It is estimated there are as few as
30 specimens in existence today.

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