2024-07-10 15:04:51
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Controversy Surrounding the Proposal for an Armed Bear Response Unit in Bavaria

In Bavaria, the Free Voters are advocating for the establishment of an armed task force to deter and, if necessary, kill bears, despite the absence of confirmed bear presence. The proposed unit aims to prevent potential conflicts with wildlife, echoing similar units in Italy and Slovakia authorized to shoot bears in emergencies.

However, the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment emphasizes the importance of observation, information, and prevention to mitigate livestock damage. This proposal reflects a broader international debate on the management of brown bear populations, as seen in Slovakia where relaxed shooting rules amid increased bear-human conflicts have sparked controversy among environmental experts.

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n-tv.de
10. Juli 2024 um 04:33

"For deterrence and killing": Free Voters: Special unit should protect Bavaria from bears - n-tv.de

Politics
The Oberallgäu district administrator Indra Baier-Müller from the Free Voters is calling for the establishment of an armed Bavarian brown bear task force that will be responsible for deterring and killing bears. However, the Environment Ministry in Munich is reacting cautiously to the proposal and emphasizes that there is currently no evidence of bears in Bavaria. Instead, observation, information and prevention are important to avoid livestock damage. Similar units already exist in Italy and Slovakia, which are also authorized to shoot bears in an emergency.
n-tv.de Politik
10. Juli 2024 um 04:33

Bavarian district administrator of the Freie Wähler calls for armed units against bears - n-tv.de

Politics
A district administrator of the Freie Wähler in Bavaria is calling for the establishment of an armed special unit to drive away and, if necessary, kill bears in the region. The Ministry of the Environment in Munich is reacting cautiously to the proposal and emphasizes that no permanent settlement of bears in Bavaria is currently expected. Instead, the focus should be on observation, information and prevention in order to avoid conflicts with animals.
Spiegel Politik
10. Juli 2024 um 05:35

Bavaria: County Commissioner Wants Bear Police for the Allgäu Region - Environment Minister Brakes

Politics
The Oberallgäu County Commissioner Indra Baier-Müller wishes for an armed bear response team for Bavaria to drive away and, if necessary, also kill brown bears. The Bavarian Ministry of the Environment responds cautiously, but emphasizes that in an emergency, all measures, including shootings, are being considered. According to experts, there are currently no indications of a permanent settlement of bears in Bavaria, but the safety of the people has the highest priority.
Spiegel Politik
10. Juli 2024 um 05:35

Brown Bears in Bavaria: County Commissioner Wishes for a Bear Police Force in the Allgäu - DER SPIEGEL

Politics
Brown bears could possibly roam through Bavaria again. The county commissioner of the Oberallgäu, Indra Baier-Müller, wishes for an armed bear response team to drive away or kill bears. The Bavarian Ministry of the Environment responds cautiously, but emphasizes that in an emergency, all measures, including shooting, will be considered. According to experts, there are currently no indications of a permanent settlement of bears in Bavaria, but the safety of the people has the highest priority.
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