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Bears roam in Romanian town

2009-06-16 06:03:49 GMT2009-06-16 14:03:49 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A brown bear and her cub play on the road on the outskirts of Sinaia, 140 km (87 miles) north of Bucharest, June 15, 2009. [Agencies]

A gendarme distracts the attention of a brown bear and her cub from a tourist vehicle on the road in the outskirts of Sinaia, 140 km north of Bucharest, June 15, 2009. [Agencies]

A brown bear cub plays on the road in the outskirts of Sinaia, 140 km north of Bucharest, June 15, 2009. [Agencies]

A brown bear is measured after being shot with a tranquiliser on the outskirts of Sinaia, 140 km (87 miles) north of Bucharest, June 15, 2009. [Agencies]

Members of the Forestry Institute measure the teeth of a brown bear after it was captured in the outskirts of Sinaia, 140 km north of Bucharest, June 15, 2009. [Agencies]

Local authorities and members of the Forestry Institute started an operation to capture and relocate about 25 bears after many started to roam in the town in search of food. With half of Europe's brown bears - roughly 6,000 - living in the Carpathians mountains, environmentalists and authorities are struggling to keep the wild animals and residents in mountain towns safe from each other.

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