The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Switzerland's only bear killed amid threat fears, say authorities


GENEVA (AFP) - Switzerland's only recorded wild bear has been culled after fears that it could pose a threat to humans, the authorities announced on Wednesday.

The male bear, known as M13, was shot dead by wildlife rangers on Tuesday, said Mr Adrian Aeschlimann, spokesman for the Federal Office for the Environment.

"The cull was carried out according to the management plan for bears in Switzerland," he told AFP.

M13 lived in the mountainous Graubuenden region of eastern Switzerland, on the border with Italy, spending spring seasons in the Val Poschiavo.