with videoAfter the great shock caused by the death of the beloved bear Amarena in Italian Abruzzo, park managers were able to announce somewhat more encouraging news on Tuesday. The two missing cubs of the downed brown bear – it was feared for their lives – have been found alive and healthy. “A great relief.”
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Managers of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise report the news on Facebook: “It is with great relief that we can confirm that the cubs are both alive and reunited after an initial separation. ” The two youngsters had been missing since Thursday. Their mother was later found dead, with gunshot wounds, near the village of San Benedetto dei Marsi, on the edge of the park.
Amarena was loved in the region. She regularly walked with her offspring in the Italian villages of the park, much to the delight of the villagers. They then filmed the animal and observed the bear family. It has always gone well. The bear has never posed a threat to humans, according to park officials. It had caused damage to crops and livestock in the past, but this damage was always compensated by the park.
Last Thursday, things went wrong. A 56-year-old man shot and killed the bear. He said the animal was on his private property and he shot out of fear. He wouldn't have wanted to kill the animal.
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Shortly after this sad news, an extensive search was launched. Amarena was one of the few female bears to reproduce and thus contribute to the preservation of the species. Rangers, vets and agents (with the help of drones) did everything they could to find her two cubs, as the chances of them surviving without their mother's proximity were slim.
News followed on Tuesday that the two cubs, born between December 2021 and January last year, had been found. Had they gotten lost after their mother passed away, the two were spotted together in nighttime camera footage placed in the park on Monday. Park managers saw in the footage how the bears feast on apples from an apple tree about ten kilometers from where their mother was found. Not only are the animals still alive and together, but they are also able to feed themselves, the managers rejoice.
For now, they are letting them go and keeping a close eye on the animals. There is always a risk that the little ones will struggle without the help of their mother. Then you can always intervene. For the moment, the public of the park is invited via Facebook to leave Amarena's two children alone. If the animals are in trouble, people should call the park rangers or the police and not approach the bears themselves.
It is estimated that around 60 brown bears live in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. Earlier this year, another brown bear in the park was killed by a car. In April, in northern Italy, in the Trentino region, a 26-year-old jogger was killed by a bear.
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