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WWF calls on Italy to save Marsican brown bear


Rome, March 17 - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Italy on Monday called Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti
to act immediately to save Italy's highly threatened Marsican
brown bear, also known as the Apennine brown bear, after a
female was found dead recently.
This subspecies of brown bear lives in the Abruzzo National
Park, and numbered an estimated 30-40 individuals of 2006.
The death of the female is "another hard blow to any hope
of saving this unique animal from extinction," the WWF said in a
"We need our institutions to commit to averting this
forewarned extinction with significant, albeit unpopular
action," the environmentalist group said.
Saving this bear will mean making its habitat safe from
encroaching herds by suspending grazing concessions, cracking
down on farmers who deliberately use poison to destroy wildlife
in favor of their herds, shutting down some mountain roads and
connecting the areas in which the bears roam and hunt, and a
vaccination campaign, according to the WWF.
"If tests reveal this female was poisoned, we will need
decisive repressive action. If we find she was killed by
disease, we will need a radical shift in land management, with
ever stricter regulations to contain evermore out-of-control
herding by humans," said WWF Italy President Dante Caserta.
A young female bear from this dwindling species was run
over in the Abruzzo region on October 23.
"We risk losing the only Marsican brown bear population in
the world, a key piece of our natural heritage," Caserta said.

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