European Landscapes: Heritage, Participation and Local Communities

Authored by: Krauss Werner

The Ashgate Research Companion to Heritage and Identity

Print publication date:  April  2008
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754649229
eBook ISBN: 9781315613031
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043249

10.4324/9781315613031.ch24

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Abstract

In the summer of 2005, a one-year-old bear sallied forth from his home in the Italian Alps and crossed the border to the tourist region of Bavaria, where he killed sheep and plundered chicken coops. Bear trappers specially summoned from Norway failed to capture him. Bruno, as the bear became known, became a national media event in Germany and a local nuisance. Hunters, scientists, columnists, shepherds, politicians, a dairymaid, farmers, bear hunters, animal rights activists, zoologists, mayors and tourists had their say. A local hunter, who for his own safety remained anonymous, at last shot Bruno. An excited debate sprang up about how much natural heritage local communities can really bear.

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