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Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

July 17, 2019
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This image made from a photo trapping system of the Autonomous Province of Trento and made available Wednesday, July 17, 2019 shows a bear, dubbed M49, at 22.54pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 walking in a forest after its escape from an electrified enclosure, in the woods of Marzola, near Trento, northern Italy. The brown bear has eluded capture for a third day Wednesday, while appeals mounted for the animal to stay unharmed. (Autonomous Province of Trento via AP)
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This image made from a photo trapping system of the Autonomous Province of Trento and made available Wednesday, July 17, 2019 shows a bear, dubbed M49, at 22.54pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 walking in a forest after its escape from an electrified enclosure, in the woods of Marzola, near Trento, northern Italy. The brown bear has eluded capture for a third day Wednesday, while appeals mounted for the animal to stay unharmed. (Autonomous Province of Trento via AP)

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it.

It’s not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high barrier. Days earlier, the bear had been captured by forest rangers after attacks on livestock.

Environment Minister Sergio Costa tweeted “Don’t shoot.” He wants to avoid a replay of the 2014 death of a bear caused by a tranquilizer dart after the animal had attacked a mushroom hunter in the same region.

Elsewhere on Twitter, some on Wednesday rooted for the bear.

The bear triggered sensor photos on Tuesday, showing it was not far from the Casteller di Trento Center where it had escaped.

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