Captured Italian bear JJ4 to be moved to Germany 

Captured Italian bear JJ4 to be moved to Germany

The Italian bear JJ4, who was caught last year following the death of a jogger, will be sent to an animal park in Germany.

Since April 2023, the 17-year-old female brown bear has been held captive. She was captured in the Italian province of Trentino in April 2023 while she was with her three cubs.

The relocation of JJ4 from Italy to Germany ends the debate over the bear’s fate. Authorities wanted to kill her, but a judge blocked this move following objections from animal rights and environmental organizations.

In a few months, the animal will be sent to the Worbis Alternative Bear Park in the German state of Thuringia. What happened to her cubs is not known.

In recent years, there have been several human-bear incidents in Trentino. These encounters have led to discussions about the possibility of peaceful coexistence between bears and humans.

Since 1999, bears have been reintroduced to Trentino as part of an EU program to reestablish the species in the Italian Alps. It is estimated that around 100 bears currently live in northern Italy. A commission is now exploring ways to manage the growing bear population.

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