Less than a year after Romania was praised by conservationists for banning the hunting of the iconic creatures along with lynx and wildcats comes plans to eradicate “nuisance” animals.
Romania’s environment minister has signed an order allowing the killing of wild bears after a spate of attacks on humans.
Brown bears are being blamed for putting seven people in hospital and attacking dozens of sheep and cattle in remote parts of the country this year. The huge predators have also taken to coming into built up areas to feast on rubbish.
Yet the decision to put the bears in the crosshairs of hunters has angered conservation groups who fear wolves will also be targeted in coming weeks.