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Italian court temporarily overturns death sentence for the bear that mauled a man

A deadly bear attack on a 26-year-old runner in Italy’s Alpine region occurred in early April. The court sentenced the animal to death by euthanasia, reports Fox News.

According to the publication, after the attack, the brown bear was caught for almost two weeks. After capture, it turned out that this was a 17-year-old female. She attacked a man while he was jogging in a mountainous area.

The administrative court ruled against the animal, ordering it to be euthanized. However, the panel of judges in the city of Trento requested more detailed information about the “dynamics of the attack” of the bear on a person, which suspended the execution of the court decision on euthanasia, though not forever, but only until June 27. Italy’s ANSA agency also said the court concluded that more details of the runner’s autopsy were needed before any decision was made on the bear’s fate.

Meanwhile, animal rights activists have joined the case, demanding that the bear be transferred to a shelter where it will not harm people. Animal rights activists also claim that the animal attacked the runner because her cubs were nearby.

Relatives of the deceased also oppose the killing of the bear.

However, the province’s mayor is sure that this bear had to be euthanized in 2020 when she attacked two people and caused them serious injuries.

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