A hunter discovered bear tracks in the snow in Glemmtal, Austria. Federal experts have now confirmed the type of traces using photos, the state of Salzburg said. The imprints were found in the Schwarzachergraben at around 2000 meters above sea level in the municipality of Saalbach-Hinterglemm in the area of ​​the Medalkogel. It is unclear where the bear is currently. The animals could cover between 30 and 50 kilometers per day. So far there are no further traces. “That’s why we asked the hunters to report any tracks, hair or droppings to us so that we could possibly take a DNA sample,” explained Hubert Stock, the Salzburg state’s wolf and bear officer.

According to experts, two to four bears have been in Austria at least part of the time in recent years. While the shooting of wolves has now been made easier in some Austrian federal states, strict protection continues to apply to bears. Conflicts with humans are not known so far.

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