King in row over bear hunt

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11 October 2004, BUCHAREST - Spain's King Juan Carlos took part in a weekend hunt for bear and wild boar in central Romania provoking criticism from environmental groups, it emerged Monday.

11 October 2004

BUCHAREST - Spain's King Juan Carlos took part in a weekend hunt for bear and wild boar in central Romania provoking criticism from environmental groups, it emerged Monday.

An official of the organisers, Abies Hunting, said the "Spanish king spent last weekend at Covasna and we finalised the details of the hunt. That's all I can say."

"The king arrived Friday evening and he stayed at a hunting lodge of Nicolae Ceausescu, where the former dictator often went before the fall of Communism in 1989," said Bardocs Csaba, mayor of Batani near the Carpathians forest where the Spanish king hunted.

"The hunting party itself took place on Saturday and from what I heard the king is supposed to have killed four or five bears and two wild boar," he added.

The Romanian agriculture ministry says some 342 bears and 555 wolves will be available for hunting in Romania next year but the figures are contested by environmental groups.

They say the brown bear population has dropped by 60 percent over the last three years in Romania.

But Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, who is also chairman of the Romanian Association of Hunters, has strongly rejected the criticism.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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