In Trentino, the bear population continues to grow, prompting regional governor Maurizio Fugatti to propose providing bear spray to residents, which is currently available only to forestry workers. Bear sightings are also on the rise in the neighboring region of South Tyrol. These observations come from the large carnivore report by the Province of Trento and the updated statistics on tracks and sightings from the Province of Bolzano.

In the Trentino mountains, there are an estimated 98 bears aged one year or older, with the actual number possibly reaching up to 120. The wolf population is also increasing in both provinces. In western Trentino, bear sightings are nearly daily, while in South Tyrol, a bear recently ventured into the San Pancrazio area in Val d’Ultimo, where it destroyed two beehives and attempted to open four more. In early June, bear tracks were found in Appiano and Parcines, and in May alone, there were nine reports of bear sightings or tracks in South Tyrol, particularly in Sarentino and Renon. Over the past month, wolves in the South Tyrolean mountains have preyed on at least sixteen sheep.

The issue is particularly significant in Trentino, especially following the fatal attack on Andrea Papi on April 5, 2023, marking the first human death caused by a bear in Italy in the past century. In 2023, 13 bear litters were recorded, totaling 22 cubs.

Bear-related damages have amounted to 102,000 euros. Eight bears have been confirmed dead: two killed by other bears (M62 and F56), one from unidentified causes due to limited remains, and five from causes yet unknown to the provincial administration. Another bear (M65) died after being hit by a vehicle in Tyrol. The number of female bears has increased by 9% compared to 2022 in western Trentino, while individual male bears have spread across a vast area of about 40,000 square kilometers, including Lombardy, Bavaria, and Friuli Venezia Giulia.

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