The bear Juan Carrito is dead. The animal was hit by a car around 18.30 on state road 17 at the crossroads for the cemetery of Castel di Sangro (L’Aquila). It was the forest carabinieri who confirmed the death of the bear identified as Bear M20. The bear was run over by a Volkswagen Golf driven by a thirty-year-old man accompanied by his girlfriend who fortunately were unharmed in the impact of the vehicle against the animal. The bear was known for its nocturnal walks in mountain villages and visits to chicken coops. On one occasion he was caught in a bakery at night, hoarding sweets. He was photographed drinking at one public fountain in a country, while he wandered in Marsica and roamed on the ski slopes of Campo di Giove (L’Aquila).
More than a year ago, very calmly, he was caught in a video trying to play with a rather aggressive wolf dog, loose at the entrance to a mountain path in Villalago (L’Aquila). The dog barked at him, but in the video it was clear that the bear, calm and tame, seemed to want to play with his 4-legged friend. He toured the inhabited centers of mountain tourist resorts and approached people, he had also earned a report on Vanityfair. In short, the animal with its raids had become a star on social media.
The mountain towns of Abruzzo and Molise were able to benefit from the advertising return of the young Carrito. The plantigrade was captured and housed, for a certain period, in a wildlife area in Palena (L’Aquila). It is a specimen of Marsican brown bear weighing 150 kilos, he is one of mother Amarena’s 4 twins, born in the Abruzzo Lazio and Molise National Park in the spring of 2020. A confidant bear, that is, one who approached people. The experts of the protected area explained and Carrito moved nonchalantly between Roccaraso and Pescasseroli, still in the mountainous area of L’Aquila, in search of food. Months after the capture and stay in Palena, the animal then returned free. In Italy, according to recent censuses, there are just over 50 specimens left of this species and through European Union projects, the commitment was to double the range of the species and the number of individuals present by 2050. The carabinieri of Castel di Sangro, the forestry carabinieri of the National Park of Abruzzo, the police and firefighters.