Italy captures Papillon, a runaway bear | Instant News

Bear has fled for 289 days after daring to escape from exile last summer.

A brown bear who escaped from the maximum security complex in northern Italy last summer was trapped by guards in the mountains in the northern Trentino region.

The most wanted animal in Italy was on the run for 289 days after its brave escape from captivity in July won the hearts of animal lovers around the world.

Three-year-old male bears have been jailed on charges of killing livestock, although the Italian branch of WWF insists that animals are never dangerous to humans.

Known to the authorities as M49, but Papillon to his followers, the bear came out of a security cage on July 14, scaled three high-voltage electric fences and a four-meter barrier before making the bolts for freedom.

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Angry regional president Trento, Maurizio Fugatti from the right-wing Lega party, ordered that the bear be captured, and shot dead if it approached the inhabited area.

Fugatti sparked outrage from animal rights groups and was openly criticized by Italian environment minister Sergio Costa, who preferred the name Papillon over M49, and who described the order to kill the bear as “absurd.”

During the Easter weekend, Papillon was filmed playing in the snow at Monte Carega, on the border between the Trentino and Veneto regions. But that will be the last days of his freedom.

Just over two weeks later, on the night of April 28, the bear was caught in a pipe trap and has now been returned to captivity in a wildlife park in Casteller.

WWF Italy condemns the capture of wild animals as “sad news for nature conservation in Italy.”


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