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A big hunt is on for a bear in the Italian Alps. The bear killed a jogger in the country’s north-eastern region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Through genetic testing, it has been established that the 17-year-old female bear also attached a son and his father in the same area in June 2020.

At the time of the attack, an order for the bear to be killed was issued by the provincial government, but it was overturned by a court.

Following the death of the 26-year-old jogger, authorities have opted to euthanise the bear.

“We are doing everything we can to locate the bear and ensure the safety of local residents,” said Maurizio Fugatti, the president of Trentino province.

The BBC reports that people in the region have been expressing condolences with the jogger’s family. Candles have been placed outside windows as a symbol of mourning, and local municipalities have lowered flags to half-mast.

Many locals have called on authorities to reverse a plan to reintroduce brown bears into the Alps.

Image credit: BBC

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