Bruno the bear to be kept at secret location

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18 October 2006, Munich (dpa) - A bear shot dead in controversial circumstances four months ago will be kept in a freezer but moved to a secret location after threats against scientists, officials said Wednesday. The carcass has been at the animal anatomy department of Munich University since the bear was killed by hunters in southern Germany on the orders of authorities who feared he might attack people while foraging for food. But threats against the head of the department from animal rights activists pr

18 October 2006

Munich (dpa) - A bear shot dead in controversial circumstances four months ago will be kept in a freezer but moved to a secret location after threats against scientists, officials said Wednesday.

The carcass has been at the animal anatomy department of Munich University since the bear was killed by hunters in southern Germany on the orders of authorities who feared he might attack people while foraging for food.

But threats against the head of the department from animal rights activists prompted authorities to move the remains to an undisclosed location, the Bavarian Environment Ministry said.

The 2-year-old bear, nicknamed Bruno, had crossed over into Germany from the Italian Alps via Austria before meeting his untimely end near the town of Schliersee on June 26.

Officials said specimens of bone and internal organs of the animal would be made available to scientists for research purposes, while the animal's fell was being prepared so that it could be stuffed and displayed in a museum at some later date.

Bruno was the first brown bear spotted in Bavaria for 150 years and his shooting caused outrage in Germany where he had become something of a folk hero after eluding hunters for weeks.

Visitors still flock to the Schliersee region to place wooden crosses at the site where he was killed.

An attempt to have the hunters who shot him prosecuted for unlawful killing was eventually dropped.

DPA

Subject: German news

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