A bear apparently killed two sheep in the Bavarian district of Rosenheim. A third animal was injured and had to be killed. The State Office for the Environment in Augsburg announced that the incident could be assigned to a bear based on the external injuries to the animals and the traces on site. However, the animal was not sighted, and there was also no direct encounter between humans and bears.
Most recently, a bear left its mark in the Upper Bavarian districts of Rosenheim and Miesbach. According to previous knowledge, however, he behaves shyly towards people.
The same animal may have been out and about in Tyrol in March. In Brandenberg in the Kufstein district, a bear was photographed by a wildlife camera, Christa Entstrasser-Müller, spokeswoman for the Tyrolean state government, told the German Press Agency. It is quite possible that it is the same animal.
At the beginning of this week, bear tracks were also discovered in the snow near Stanzach in the Reutte district in Tyrol, the spokeswoman said. The carcass of a deer that may have been killed by the bear was also found. However, due to the distance - more than 100 kilometers from the sightings in Upper Bavaria - it can be assumed that this was a different bear. The "Münchner Merkur" had previously reported on the bear tracks in Tyrol.
According to Entstrasser-Müller, the authorities in Tyrol are monitoring the situation closely, but are not alarmed. "There is currently no reason to believe that we are dealing with conspicuous animals," she said.
According to the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (LfU), the nearest bear population is in Trentino, Italy, about 120 kilometers away from Bavaria. Around 100 bears live there. A bear killed a jogger there in early April and was caught on Tuesday night.