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Honey bid to stop bear rampage

Sweet tooth will help Dino mend his ways, producer says

28 May, 13:29
Honey bid to stop bear rampage (ANSA) - Vicenza, May 28 - A northern Italian honey producer thinks a taste of its product will stop a bear who has been spreading panic among farmers on the famed Asiago plateau.

'Dino', a 350kg brown bear, has been killing livestock in the picturesque mountain area for about a year, leaving the remains of chicken, rabbits and even donkeys in his wake.

But unsurprisingly he has also shown a sweet tooth, plundering several honey farms.

Amid calls to stop him, Facebook pages have sprung up for and against the animal, such as "Hands Off Dino" and "Dino Go Home".

Many Asiago farmers have called for him to be captured and caged while some have even urged forest rangers to put him down.

But local honey producer Andrea Rigoni said he was sure "enough honey" would solve the Dino problem.

"Even though he's split Italy down the middle, he's a media star for Asiago and we need him. We're ready to give him a quintal (100kg) of our stuff and we're sure it'll put him back on the right track".

"He's not a bad animal, he's just hungry.

"Once he samples our organic honey he'll mend his ways".

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