Petition: Protect Houdini the Bear Sentenced to Death by Authorities

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Alpine brown bears are very rare. Their population is only about 50, most of which live in the Abruzzo National Park. Now, one of them is in danger simply because he got ‘too close’ to people.

One of these bears in Italy was caught by rangers after getting too close to humans. Now, he’s being nicknamed ‘Houdini’ because he escaped three electric fences and a four foot barrier.

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Animal activists are upset because after the ’s escape, the president of Trentino, Maurizio Fugatti said: “If M49 approaches inhabited areas, forest rangers have permission to shoot it down.

The fact that the bear managed to climb over an electric fence with seven wires at 7,000 volts demonstrates that this specimen is dangerous and a public safety problem.”

The Minister of the Environment and World Wildlife Fund Italy have both criticized the order to kill the bear. They believe it’s pretty obvious the trap wasn’t working because such a trap would be too difficult for even the strongest and most clever of bears to overcome, and there’s no way the bear can fly.

As silly as it sounds to have to remind authorities that bears do not fly, and sure maybe Houdini the bear really is as clever as they think, but the fact of the matter is that he’s probably just escaping for his life.

Although they claim he came too close to humans, there are no reports of him hurting anyone, and since being captured that one time, he’ll probably be more likely to stay away.

Many people are rooting for Houdini to survive, but sadly the order to shoot to kill still stands. If you think this is a ridiculous order, sign this petition asking Italian authorities not to kill this rare bear!

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 7 August 2019.


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Stephen Whittle

Install the Acoustic Barrier surround the wild sanctuary. For more information the material @

Tasha LaCombe

Signed in July

June Bullied


Lim Kooi Choong


Michèle Haudebourg

Already signed and shared petition.

Tonia Vassila

Don’t touch the animal

Sara Juttla


Karin Andersson

Signe the petition, please folks!

Robert Piller
Robert Piller

This Care petition site you use I never sign any of their stuff. It’s such a lengthy long-winded form you have to fill in each and every time. I’ve written to them about this but they’ve never taken a bit of notice. Please use another site and I will begin signing. Cheers and good luck anyway.

Arlene Steinberg
Arlene Steinberg

I don’t know what kind of long form you get, but once you have signed and input your info, it takes mere seconds to sign. I sign a few petitions every day and it takes very little time. The time you took to post, you could have signed several petitions. You either want to help the animals or you don’t.

Linda Badham
Linda Badham

No. It takes a second

Susan Gordon


Debra Sommerfeld


Marilyn Luciano Gonzalez


Dianne Dulat

It is only natural that a wild animal is trying to escape and be free, this is ingrained in any animal. They should try to accommodate him to a more conducive place than his present abode.

Wendy Coram


Tia Lanai Lev

Never-mind I figured it out.

Tia Lanai Lev

It won’t let me sign the petition, wtf?

Maria Anna Mavromichalis

leave this bear alone!!!!!!! and all the wild animals & start executing the evil people who hunt them & harm them!!!!!!!

Di Sianny Bryant


Chako T Kohsaka

done in Jul 2019

Joyce Dannheim


Gerardo Francisco Nunez Sanchez