Prosecutors clear hunters who shot rogue bear

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7 July 2006, MUNICH - German prosecutors said Friday they are closing their file on Bruno the bear, rejecting complaints by animal-lovers that it was illegal to shoot the marauding animal last month.

7 July 2006

MUNICH - German prosecutors said Friday they are closing their file on Bruno the bear, rejecting complaints by animal-lovers that it was illegal to shoot the marauding animal last month.

They said an initial inquiry showed there was no prima facie evidence of any crime.

A group of hunters shot the bear on June 26 after it had achieved celebrity in much of Europe during its month-long foraging forays in or near Germany, where the last bear had been shot in 1835.

Werner Schnappauf, environment minister of the state of Bavaria, said the ruling showed the authorities' decision had been legal.

Experts recommended the bear, which had made its way to the border area from the Italian Alps, be shot after repeated vain attempts to trap the animal or capture it with a tranquilliser dart.

DPA

Subject: German news

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