Stop the Unjust Capture of a Mother Brown Bear

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Target: Trentino, Italy’s Vice President Alessandro Olivi

Goal: Save a mother brown bear from being unjustly captured and possibly killed

A brown bear mother is being hunted in the forests of Trentino, Italy because she reportedly attacked a man who ventured too close to her cubs. It is widely known that mother bears are extremely protective and will most likely act if a human comes too close to her precious babies, but the vice president of Trentino is portraying her as an overall threat to public safety and calling for her demise.

Despite Northern Italy’s highly successful brown bear recovery program that strives to protect rare brown bears, Vice President Alessandro Olivi has ordered the capture of a mother bear known as Daniza. He has stated her capture is necessary “for the sake of public safety,” going on to say if she poses a danger to any of her hunters, her life would “be at risk.” Daniza is being unjustly persecuted for attacking a man scavenging for mushrooms near her cubs. It is considered public knowledge that mother bears will almost always act to protect their cubs if a human comes too close. Daniza’s actions do not make her a public threat or especially dangerous; she was simply behaving like any mother bear would under those circumstances.

Further, environmentalists from World Wildlife Fund Italia are saying if Daniza is captured, it would be a “historic defeat” of the brown bear recovery program, which involved the import of ten brown bears from Slovenia. Not only will Daniza probably be killed during her capture for attempting to defend herself, her cubs will be left motherless and must struggle to survive on their own. Not only is this a tragic way of ripping an innocent family of bears apart, it is a huge step backward in the years of progress the recovery program has made since 1999.

Urge Vice President Olivi to immediately call off the hunt for Daniza and instead work to raise awareness about bear safety in Trentino’s forests to protect the safety of bears and humans alike.


Dear Vice President Olivi,

I am writing to you about your decision to have a mother brown bear known as Daniza captured and removed from the forests of Trentino. While I understand this is an attempt to protect the safety of humans, I believe that her capture is unnecessary in this situation and will do great harm to the brown bear recovery program, Life Ursus.

It is widely known that mother bears will usually instinctually act to protect their cubs if a human comes too close to her precious babies. While I sympathize with the man Daniza attacked, she responded like most mother bears would under the circumstances and does not deserve to be persecuted as a result. Her actions do not indicate she is an especially dangerous bear or a threat to public safety as you have called her in a public statement. In addition, if Daniza is captured and her cubs forced to survive on their own, it would destroy the years of progress of Life Ursus and negate the efforts of the environmentalists who worked to import brown bears to the region.

I urge you to reconsider your decision to have Daniza captured and protect the public by raising awareness about bear safety in the region; show compassion to this mother brown bear and call off the hunt for her.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. paula eaton says:

    The blame belongs in the man, the bear was only protecting her cubs. The man needs to take responsibility for his foolish actions. Leave the bear alone.

  2. mai più in trentino in vacanza se l’insensibilità arriva a tanto

  3. Jean Griffiths Jean Griffiths says:

    It is a know fact that all wild animals protect their young from predators. This is also true of the human race!

  4. Sue Watson says:

    When people make the decision to venture into areas where wild animals reside then they have to accept the need to be respectful of the animals. They also have to accept responsibility for themselves. There is a growing culture of intolerance towards animals and this needs to be addressed. Educate people in understanding animal behaviour, more training programmes should be put out. Help people to develop tolerance, understanding and respect for all animals. Animals should be respectfully allowed to stay in their own habitat free from the encroachment of people.

  5. Save Daniza the bear and all other bears. NO TRENTINO

  6. People know what they’re doing when they go to places like that. They know what’s there, and yet they still ALWAYS blame the animals. All of this should be blamed on the people. Respect their place, they were there first. EVERYTHING ISN’T OURS!!!!

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