Thursday, 18 June 2009


These 2 pics were taken by calianu, fellow blogger.Thanks.

June 17, 2009

BUCHAREST — Romanian authorities at the Sinaia mountain resort have launched an operation to relocate around 25 brown bears, who have become a new and dangerous tourist attraction, a local official said Wednesday.

Several bears have already been captured and transported to the forests in the Arges region, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Sinaia, said mayor Vlad Oprea.

Bear chasers overnight captured a bear and her four offspring who were roaming around the Peles castle, the region's main tourist attraction.

For the past several years, bears in the Carpathian mountains have increased their forays into Romanian towns, especially Brasov, where they rummage through rubbish bins searching for food.

Cruising the streets of Brasov, the bears have become a new attraction for tourists, who snap pictures of the animals or offer them food, which has led to a number of incidents.

About a dozen people have been injured, some even fatally, in the past few years after being attacked by bears.

Romania is home to about 6,000 brown bears.



joo said...

Amazing shot! How did you manage to take it?
We have also have several bears in our mountains, and sometimes they cause problems!

richard said...

The pic is not mine, just an illustration, and was taken by car,i guess. One of this cubs was trampled a few days ago on a road, which is not allright. The travellers feed them, and that is a mistake.Bears are NOT doves.Bears should be removed from roads, otherwise they will end trampled or shot.

JPT said...

I travelled to Romania many years ago and saw a bear in the mountains near Brasov.
I had never seen a wild bear before and have not seen one since (we do not have them in Wales!)

Vogon Poet said...

Amazing and interesting story, I hope you'll get some first hand pictures sooner or later, obviously with any possible caution for you and respect for the bears.

prado said...

Beautiful animals....but people shouldn't forget that they're not teddy bears at all! So, be careful in your quest for a great shot! ;)

Middle Ditch said...

When will people learn? Leave them alone and don't feed them. Misunderstanding is always a major factor and the animal always loses out.

Good post

PS Am always confused by those two words loose and lose