Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu (photo 2) has signed on Friday an order by which 140 wild bears will be killed, despite the protests of animal lovers, who blame the initiative.
“I confirm this. I have signed this order. There’s no connection with hunting quotas, it is a clear procedure for the cases of people attacked by bears,” Minister Gavrilescu said, according to realitatea.net.
Previously, the minister said no protests will change her decision. The order is to be published by the Official Gazette.
During a meeting in Ploiesti (60 km north of Bucharest) Gavrilescu said the number of bears in Romania has exceeded 7,000, more than allowed by other European countries.
“I have assumed the order for intervention quotas for bears and wolves, so that the population is out of danger. Whatever will happen next week, some people might take to the streets to protest, to say we need to protect the bears… yes, we protect the bears, but we don’t want to put the citizens in peril. It’s not a hunting quota, it is an intervention quota for citizens’ safety. I will not give up this order,” Minister Gavrilescu said, digi24.ro informs.