In Romania: Tragic accident with a bear cub lured by food for stray dogs


On the 19th of September a bear cub, whose sex could not be identified, of about 8 months old was hit by a car on the national road 1 (DN1) in Romania. As it can be seen in the pictures, the bear has been attracted by dog food left in the parking area. In this area we are implementing mitigation measures to avoid animal vehicle collisions but they are ineffective if animals come near the road to look for food.

Feeding dog and cat can be very dangerous for domestic and wild animals and it causes a lot of problems because it mantains the stray dog population. Stray dogs can be' dangerous for humans livestock and wildlife. The implemented actions of the LIFE SAFE-CROSSING project to mitigate animal-vehicle collisions are only efficient if people respect the recommendations and collaborate with us. An act intended to be good usually ends up with a tragedy. Therefore, PLEASE STOP FEEDING STRAY ANIMALS!

This project is funded with the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union


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Photos: Manuel Moral Castro; Haritakis Papaioanou, Balkan Chamois Society, Pindos, Valentino Mastrella/PNALM, Angelina Iannarelli/PNALM