June 18, 2009

Romanian Bears Relocated

Brown bears frequenting the nearby grounds of the Sinaia mountain resort in Romania have been luring tourists far and wide, forcing authorities to instigate a relocation operation due to the imposing danger, the Associated Free Press reported Wednesday. 

Mayor Vlad Oprea said several of the 25 targeted bears for relocation have already been caught and carried to the forests in the Arges region, 60 miles west of Sinaia. 

Overnight at the region's primary tourist attraction, the Peles Castle, bear chasers caught a bear and her four cubs who were roaming about. 

Bear invasions into Romanian villages near the Carpathian mountains have been increasing for several years now, particularly in the town of Brasov where bears frequently come to town and overturn garbage cans hunting for food. 

Tourists come from abroad to snap photos of the bears mingling with the locals of Brasov, and even offer them food, which has triggered several incidents. 

In the past few years, about a dozen people have been injured, and some have died due to the bear attacks.

Brown bear population in Romania is about 6,000.

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