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Mexican authorities investigating after wild bear that approached woman and got in selfie is castrated

The castration was authorised by a senior official with the wildlife protection authority.

MEXICAN AUTHORITIES SAY they have launched an investigation into the castration of a black bear who became famous after appearing in a selfie taken by a fearless hiker.

The animal made international headlines when a woman snapped a photo of it standing with its face just behind her head in an ecological park in northern Mexico.

The 96-kilogramme bear then ambled off, leaving her unharmed. It also approached another woman in a nearby area without hurting her.

The bear was captured last week while sleeping outside a house and transferred to a veterinary faculty at a university in the northern state of Nuevo Leon for a routine check-up.

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Once there, a wildlife laboratory at the faculty decided that it was necessary to castrate the bear due to its “erratic behavior,” wildlife protection authority Profepa said in a statement.

It said the bear was feeding in an urban area.

The castration was authorised by a senior Profepa official who deemed it necessary to reduce the risk of the animal fighting with other bears and to avoid the reproduction of two subspecies.

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Profepa, which is overseeing the probe, said Sunday that it had requested documents to justify the operation on the bear, which was later released in another part of northern Mexico.

© – AFP 2020 

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