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德国追杀凶狠的奥地利熊!

2006-05-30 14:46CRI Online

Germany: Hunt Is On for Roaming Austrian Bear

He is wanted in Germany on charges of breaking into a chicken coop, killing sheep and -- surprise -- stealing honey.

On top of that, he's an auslander.

Blurry mug shots of his dark face plaster towns in southern Bavaria.

The culprit, a young brown bear from Austria probably in search of a mate, is the subject of a rare cultural tiff between the two German-speaking neighbors. For several days, newspapers in Bavaria and Austria's westernmost province have been at war over the bear some have named Bruno and others Petzi, after one in a children's book series.

Bavarian authorities have given farmers, who are irate about the pillaging of their sheep, permission to shoot the bear on sight. Austrians were horrified, especially those in the far western province of Vorarlberg, from where the miscreant is believed to have crossed the border.

"Bavarians Want to Shoot Our Vorarlbaer" blared the headline in the Neu Vorarlberger Tageszeitung, punning on the province's name to show they had adopted the bear as their own, even though he probably spent no more than a week in the province. Experts believe he lopes more than 12 miles a day and started his journey in Italy's Trentino Alps.

Emotions aside, the dispute is over whether the bear must be shot to stop him from harming humans, or could instead be relocated. While some Austrians support shooting the bear, most are uncomfortable with the idea.

The two countries appear to be making increasingly wild assertions. Some Austrians are claiming the bear is under the protection of Pope Benedict XIV, who, they claim, recently has added a bear to his crest. Germans contend the bear is "out of control."

Bavarian Environment Minister Werner Schnappauf initially declared that the bear was welcome in the province but has changed his mind after consulting experts.

In the mid-19th century, voracious hunting by the nobility and an effort to protect livestock wiped out bear populations in both countries. The last bear was killed in Austria in 1842, and it was celebrated by townspeople who felt "relieved of a plague," according to Austrian World Wildlife Fund researchers.

Until recently, bears survived in Europe almost exclusively in the Balkans, the Carpathian mountains, Russia and Finland. But Austria has made considerable efforts starting about 15 years ago to bring back its bear population.

A cultural meltdown appears to have been averted for now. For whatever reason, the bear has crossed back into Austria and was sighted early Thursday.



前不久,人们在德国巴伐利亚州境内发现了一只野生棕熊,这是此种动物170年来首次现身于该地区。但有关部门目前已准许德国南部的猎人可以随时击毙这只熊,因为这只体重100公斤的大家伙“脾气”非常暴躁,它已经先后夺去了12只绵羊的生命,而死于其手的鸡就更是不计其数。

据路透社5月23日报道,上周末,当这只棕熊穿越德国与奥地利的边境线进入该地区时,还曾受到过人们的欢迎,但没过多久,它就变成了一位不受欢迎的客人。德国有关方面对猎杀这只熊的态度依然显得坚定不移。巴伐利亚州环境部部长维尔纳·施纳普夫说:“它现在变成了一只到处惹麻烦的熊。

随时都可能出现人与熊正面遭遇的情况。绝不能继续任由它四处乱窜了,我们会请猎人把这只熊杀掉。”

然而,当地的动物保护组织用“歇斯底里”这个词来形容这道杀熊令。世界环境基金会(WWF)的发言人尤尔恩·埃勒尔斯在接受德国电台记者采访时指出,做为一种一向十分害羞的动物,熊跑到人类的“地盘”来觅食其实是一件很不寻常的事情。他说:“WWF正在设法拯救这只熊,我们最初曾打算在其身上放置一个标志物,这样我们就可以更好地追踪它的活动轨迹,但目前看来似乎不能将这头熊放归野外,因为它实在太危险了。”

报道说,德国销量最大的报纸《图片报》在其头版刊登了一张有关这只熊的大幅照片,画面上它正好处在一个靶心的中央,文章标题是“德国的熊都被判处死刑了!”在接下来的一篇覆盖整个版面的文章中,该报还配上了多幅照片专门展示忧心忡忡的主人站在已被开膛破肚的绵羊尸体旁的情景,看上去鲜血淋漓。该报援引一位农民的话说:“这只熊取出了那些绵羊的内脏,然后吃掉了它们的心和肝。”

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