Changemakers: Battle for the bears

Changemakers: Battle for the bears


In April 2023, Andrea Papi became the first Italian in 150 years to be killed by a bear. Mauled while jogging, he became an unwitting victim of a well-meaning EU-funded rewilding program designed to reintroduce bears to the Italian Dolomites. This podcast explores where responsibility lies for his death and  how it has exacerbated a growing divide in Italy and beyond about the wisdom, safety and management of rewilding large carnivores.

Presenter: Johannes Pleschberger

Producers: Elizabeth Mearns, Alice Castle

Sound Editor: Terry Wilson
Series Producer: Elizabeth Mearns

Sfx: Life Ursus

Sound Editor: Terry wilson

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