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Image: Facebook/Bear Sanctuary Prishtina
Image: Facebook/Bear Sanctuary Prishtina

The bear can’t tell how long it’s been since the trap closed around its leg. It struggles, but that has only made the contraption’s teeth dig tighter into its flesh. Unable to move and near-blind with pain, it can feel its life draining away fast. Then a vague shape moves in the distance…

Image: Facebook/Bear Sanctuary Prishtina
Image: Facebook/Bear Sanctuary Prishtina

This horrifying event occurred in June 2016. The brown bear in question was simply wandering the woods near a village in Kosovo’s Municipality of Suhareka. Suddenly, the creature’s paw was caught in a hidden wire trap, and the snare tightened around it.

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Image: Facebook/Bear Sanctuary Prishtina
Image: Facebook/Bear Sanctuary Prishtina

This is particularly disturbing as hunting has reduced the brown bear’s numbers quite dramatically in recent times. Indeed, even though the bear is classed as of “least concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ red list, it is still a protected species in Serbia.

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