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Brown Bear Captured In Italy After Nine Months On The Loose

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Brown Bear Captured In Italy After Nine Months On The Loose

A bear who escaped from his home in the northern Italian Alps and spent nine months running free has finally been caught after committing a series of 'crimes' during his lengthy spree.

Three year old Papillon - a name given to him in homage to an old prison escape film - is clearly smarter than the average bear, given that he managed to evade capture for such a long period of time.

To be fair, he is a bear - the wilderness is his natural habitat.

When he initially broke free, he scaled the 13 foot high fence that was charged with 7,000 volts of electricity.

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Upon leaving the enclosure in Trento, the 23 stone bear then shook a caravan whilst two shepherds cowered inside, fearing for their life.

He also damaged bee hives on a hunt for some honey, and attacked a herd of cows, although he was eventually sent packing by some sheep dogs.

Last July, the president of Trentino ordered the death of the escapee bear after it was spotted not too far from where people actually live.

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Harsh, but imagine the kick-up if he'd have got his paws on someone.

At the time, Maurizio Fugatti said: "The fact that the bear managed to climb over an electric fence with seven wires at 7,000 volts demonstrates that this specimen is dangerous and a public safety problem."

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Luckily for everyone concerned, they've now managed to capture him when hunters managed to finally lure him into a trap.

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In the meantime, he managed to hibernate for several months, make it about 350 miles to the northern part of Lake Garda, and even managed to cross over a motorway.

After he was spotted rolling around in some snow on the mountains a while ago, he was finally brought to 'justice' near the town of Trione this week.

He's now back in his enclosure, where he's been joined by a female bear, to keep him company.

However, an Italian animal rights charity called LAV has said that they'll sue the local authority in an attempt to free the bear once again.

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A spokesperson said: "He was never a threat to man and will now be given a life sentence. (The bear) has shown exceptional talent for adapting and surviving."

Tell that to the shepherds in the caravan, mate.

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Credit: Newsflash

However, the World Wildlife Fund agree with them.

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They said: "His capture is a defeat for us all, it is terrible, sad news for nature conservation and for this country."

After years of hunting, the brown bear was down at just four, but it was reintroduced in 2000 as part of an EU scheme, and numbers in northern Italy are now thought to be around 50.

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Topics: World News, Europe, Animals

Tom Wood
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