Day: 2013.02.25

Somehow Unsettling

Swiss FlagA moment of silence, please, and not specifically for the bear in question though I don’t object. But there is something perhaps more important than one bear going on here. Agence France-Presse explains, though I can’t quite put my finger on it:

Look, mountains!Switzerland’s only recorded wild bear has been culled after fears that it could pose a threat to humans, the authorities announced on Wednesday.

The male bear, known as “M13”, was shot dead by wildlife rangers on Tuesday, said Adrian Aeschlimann, spokesman for the Federal Office for the Environment.

“The cull was carried out according to the management plan for bears in Switzerland,” he told AFP.

M13 lived in the mountainous Graubuenden region of eastern Switzerland, on the border with Italy, spending spring seasons in the Val Poschiavo.

Discovery News (detail)Look, I realize that Switzerland is all of 16,000 square miles, and no, I don’t really care what that equals if you flatten out the mountains. You have one bear in a country.

Oh, wait. No, you don’t.