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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Bear-Related Lawsuits in the Balkans; Claims for Bear-Damage in FYROM; Hunting Bears in Romania

From BIRN, Balkan Insight, Sase Dimovski, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Skopje

"Over the last five years Macedonian courts have issued about 700 verdicts obliging the state to pay over 3 million euros for damages allegedly caused by roaming bears. Macedonian bears have run up these expenses by eating bees, honey, cherries, cows, sheep, and destroying agricultural products.

Because these rare and endangered animals are under the vigilant protection of the state and may not be hunted, the state is responsible for any damage that bears do to private households or businesses.

A BIRN investigation shows that over these five years, from 2013 to 2017, bear-related lawsuits filed by citizens “ate” more than 3 million euros from the budget, an amount that rises every year".

Macedonian farmers sting the taxpayer over lost bees, The Times


Investigation: The Bear Game, Unscrupulous Romanian hunters are accused of killing hundreds of protected bears each year through legal loopholes and bogus documentation Balkan Insight

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