After the dead animals were found, a member of the Large Carnivores Network assessed the situation on site and took genetic samples. "Based on the initial documentation of the animals' external injuries and footprints found on site, this incident can be assigned to a bear." Further insights are expected from the analysis of the genetic traces.
There was therefore no sighting of the bear or a direct encounter between humans and bears. According to the state office, it is in contact with the local security authorities. "According to current knowledge, the bear behaves shyly towards humans." Livestock owners in the border area of the district to Austria are therefore asked to bring their animals into stables at night if possible and to take herd protection measures.
In the network of large carnivores (lynx, wolf, bear), mainly volunteers work on the professional documentation of clues such as tracks or wild and livestock kills.
The Bavarian State Office for the Environment had already announced on Monday evening that paw prints from a brown bear had been discovered in the snow in the districts of Miesbach and Rosenheim last weekend near the border with Austria.
According to the authorities, the last confirmed indication of a brown bear in Bavaria was last summer. In the area between Reutte in the Austrian state of Tyrol and the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen as well as Bad Tölz and Wolfratshausen, several indications of a brown bear were confirmed.
According to the State Office for the Environment, the next bear population from Bavaria lives in Trentino, Italy, about 120 kilometers from Bavaria. A bear recently killed a jogger there. The state office emphasized that young males sometimes roamed very far in search of a female.