Agence France-PresseAugust 23, 2013 07:35
Swiss and Italian officials are butting heads over how to tackle bears roaming between the two countries, in a dispute centred on balancing human and animal welfare.
"Bears don't look at borders. They don't need passports," Caterina Rosa Marino, an official with the Italian League for the Abolition of Hunting, told AFP.
The northern Italian region of Trentino, which has reintroduced bears into the wild since 1999, today counts around 40 of the animals and aims to bring the number up to 60 after the population was for years wiped out by hunters.