Italy to request return of Bruno the slain bear

Updated: July 4, 2006, 11:11 AM ET
By Associated Press — July 4, 2006

ROME — Italy's environment minister will formally ask his German counterpart Monday for the body of a brown bear killed by a government-sanctioned hunter, a television station reported.

Part of a project to reintroduce bears to northern Italy, 2-year-old Bruno roamed into Austria and Germany, killed sheep and rabbits, stole honey and made headlines across Europe.

Fearing he would one day target humans, officials in the southern state of Bavaria granted permission to kill Bruno, ...

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