Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
PESCARA

Brown bear killed on highway was likely looking for love

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Pescara, April 26 - Wildlife authorities said on
Friday that a young brown bear who was struck and killed on the
A24 highway near the southern mountain town of L'Aquila was most
likely distracted by his impassioned search for a mate.
The animal, who weighed approximately 90 kilograms and was
between three to four years old had just woken from his winter
hibernation in the national park that straddles the regions of
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, authorities believe.
He died on impact when he was struck by a car early
Thursday morning, destroying the vehicle but leaving the driver
unharmed.
"I love these mountains and hike through them often...I
wish I could have seen this bear alive there, not dead on my
road," said L'Aquila highway superintendent Felice Donati.
The brown bear is one of the symbols of the Abruzzo region
and has only recently seen a return in numbers.
"He was a beautiful animal with very soft fur. He had to
travel far, at least four or five kilometers to get to this part
of the highway," Donati said.

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