Greek animal welfare groups free brown bear from trap

A brown bear that became caught in a man-made trap in the area of Parakalamo, in the northwestern regional unit of Ioannina, was rescued on Monday by members of the animal welfare groups Arcturos and Callisto.

There has been an increase recently in instances of brown bears, one of the most endangered mammals in Greece, and wild pigs destroying crops.

But the head of one of the region’s main hunting groups, Panayiotis Skamantzouras, noted that the farmers’ frustrations did not justify the use of traps.