Mama bear with three young cubs sentenced to death for disembowelling jogger

A mother bear with three young cubs is to be killed by authorities after she disembowelled a 26-year-old jogger in Italy, despite pleas from animal rights groups.

Andrea Papi was found mauled to death on March 5 in Trento and the runner's girlfriend reportedly demanded that the bear be caught and killed, The Mirror reported.

Investigators were reportedly able to determine which bear killed Papi through DNA testing after it was captured with a fruit-baited tube trap, accompanied by her three cubs.

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The President of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Maurizio Fugatti, signed a new order for the bear, known as JJ4, to be killed.

The culling order comes after an initial destruction notice was suspended following an appeal from animal welfare organisations.

Officials say the bear is now due to be put to death next week.

The order says: "As a precautionary measure for public health and safety, it is reasonable to kill the animal, rather than accepting even the slightest risk that it may again come into contact with a person, even in the context of all operational phases aimed at the possible transfer of the same to another place."

Animal rights activists are now appealing to Italy's Minister of Infrastructure Matteo Salvini to save the bear's life.

And the Lega Anti Vivisezione (animal rights group) has appealed to block the order to kill her.

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They are also offering to house the bear and its own expense abroad, a solution which was also proposed by the Italian Minister of the Environment Gilberto Pichetto Fratin and other organisations.

She was caught in the woods above the Val di Sole, in the northern Italian province of Trentino on April 17, just a few miles from the site of the attack.

Investigators believe the bear disembowelled the jogger after she killed him and dragged his body into the woods.

The 17-year-old bear, which is one of the oldest in the mountains of Trentino, has previously been saved from culling back in 2020.

Back then she was accused of attacking a father and son who were walking on a nearby mountain.

After a long judicial dispute between the regional court and the Council of State, the bear was let off.

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