The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

Romania police track bear after latest deadly attack


BUCHAREST (REUTERS) - Police and hunters were tracking a brown bear which attacked and killed a man in the south of Romania on Wednesday, just days after a bear infected with rabies was shot dead after it killed a man and injured two others in the same area.

Romania boasts roughly half of Europe's brown bears living in its largely unspoilt Carpathian mountains, with an estimated 4,000-7,000 animals, according to environmentalists.

The bear which killed the 64-year-old man on Wednesday in Dambovita county, north-west of Bucharest, had escaped from a poacher's trap before it attacked. It then disappeared into a forested area nearby.

"The bear was tangled in a trap and hurt. We do not know if the man who was attacked was just passing by or whether he had laid the trap himself," Mr Dragos Rusu, prefect of Dambovita county, told local television station Realitatea TV.