Hunters tracked down and shot a bear in Midtre Gauldal in Trøndelag last week, acting on authority from the state directorate in charge of the environment. Even though bears are protected in Norway, they’re often shot if they’re viewed as posing a threat to the local population or livestock.
News bureau NTB reported that officials believe it’s the same bear for which hunting authority was granted last year. It was shot in the vicinity of Singsås, according to Anders Braa of Norway’s Miljødirektoratet.
The bear is believed to have killed around 20 free-grazing sheep last summer.