F36 bear death, the results of the autopsy are not yet available – La Busa


No intention of the Autonomous Province of Trento to induce the judiciary to follow misleading leads: the Wildlife Service provides some clarifications to refute the suspicions of some animal rights associations regarding the affair of the F36 specimen. This is yet another episode linked to appeals against the removal of dangerous specimens, to protect people’s safety. Specifically, here are the facts.
On 30 July 2023 the F36 bear attacked two hikers in the mountains above Roncone, in the Giudicarie. An episode classified by Ispra and the Province as corresponding to the danger level 15 out of 18 of the Pacobace (case in point “bear attacks with physical contact to defend its cubs”), for which the interregional action plan for the conservation of the bear brown in the central-eastern Alps provides for removal. A week after the attack, on 6 August 2023, again in the municipal area of ​​Sella Giudicarie, another couple of hikers suffered a false attack by F36. The animal was captured for the purpose of radio collaring and released on August 29, 2023.
On 7 September 2023, the order to kill the animal was signed by the president of the Province, subsequently suspended by the Regional Administrative Court of Trento and therefore modified into a capture order. The activities conducted against F36 to carry out the removal authorization were unsuccessful. On 27 September 2023, the animal’s carcass was found dead in Val di Bondone (municipality of Sella Giudicarie).
On 25 October 2023, the Regional Administrative Court finally declared the inadmissibility of the appeals brought by animal rights associations against the removal of the animal, in light of its death. However, on 19 February 2024, an appeal was presented to the Council of State and therefore the Province deposited the documentation in its possession on 30 May, including that relating to the autopsy examination of a specimen other than F36. A material error evidently made in good faith, given that the Administration has not yet come into possession of the documentation relating to the necropsy examinations carried out on the animal by the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Venice, as also reported in the recently published Large Carnivores 2023 Report .

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