Bear captured after jogger mauled to death in Italian Alps

The 17-year-old female bear has been taken to a wildlife centre after it was captured by forest rangers in the Brenta Dolomites.

Brown bear captured after jogger mauled to death in Italian Alps, in region of Trentino-Alto Adige Getty Images

Italian authorities have captured a bear which mauled a 26-year-old jogger to death in the Italian Alps.

Andrea Papi was killed by the brown bear while on a run in the north-eastern region of Trentino-Alto Adige between April 5 and 6.

Officials said DNA from the bear was found on injuries sustained by Mr Papi to his arms, stomach, head and throat.

Genetic testing identified the bear as a 17-year-old known as JJ4, and authorities issued an order for it to be shot on sight.

This order was later rescinded and the animal has been taken to a wildlife centre, where her fate is yet to be decided.

She was captured after forest rangers with dogs tracked her footprints in a mountain range known as the Brenta Dolomites.

The bear, who is being kept at the Casteller animal care centre near the city of Trento, previously attacked a father and son in June 2020.

Prosecutors in Trentino had applied for it to be euthanised at the time – but a court ruling overturned the decision.

In a letter published by Italian outlets, Mr Papi’s mother, Franca Ghirardini, said her family “will fight to the end to get justice for my Andrea”.

She said: “My soul and that of my family is devastated by immense pain, we can’t get over it. Knowing that Andrea was at the mercy of the bear devastates me.”

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