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Bears in Romanian natural reserve killed 2 and injured 3 people in one week

September 20, 2012, 0:58 UTC+3

The local police have urged the population to observe measures of precaution, especially at night

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BUCHAREST, September 20 (Itar-Tass) — Bears in the Dambovita Nature Resort in Romania have made several audacious attacks on humans this week. As a result, two people died and another three were injured.

A bear killed a 71-year-old man and seriously injured another three near the Djalul Frumos village last week, a source at the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Forests told journalists on Wednesday.

Hunters found the body of a 64-year-old man near another Romanian village on Wednesday morning. The bear bit the man to death in his own yard. A local shepherd phoned a police station on Wednesday afternoon to report that a bear had attacked him but he had managed to get into a boat and sail to the middle of a river.

The bear population in those parts of Romania has increased to 80 species in recent years. They are frequent guests in nearby villages where they come for food and often attack people. However, foresters and rescuers believe that the aforesaid incidents were the most dangerous in the past few years. Scientists believe that the bears could have become much more aggressive because the forest, which is a nature reserve with limited access of people, has become a popular place for tourists and sometimes poachers who set up traps.

The local authorities and the Committee for Environmental Protection have allowed and ordered mountain foresters to search for aggressive bears to prevent further attacks.

The local police have urged the population to observe measures of precaution, especially at night.

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