It is historically proven that NEVER any Marsican bear was killed during legitimate hunting activity. And indeed, that the only ones were deliberately killed by the founder of the Park and its first President, the Hon. Erminio Sipari! A decision fortunately never repeated before 1936 when the species was protected by state law (credit to Count Gian Giacomo Gallarati Scotti, then senator of the Kingdom of Italy who wanted to legislate in this way!). Yet, with the motivation of wanting to defend the two cubs of Amarena, the bear killed last summer in San Benedetto dei Marsi, and still living today outside the boundaries of the Park, the authorities supported - obviously! – from the usual anti-hunting animal rights associations, have asked the regional authorities to close hunting in the external area frequented by the two cubs. This is to prevent what has never happened before from happening during wild boar hunting trips.
Closing the hunt
The thing to ask is therefore, given that hunting occurs throughout Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (where bears and other protected animals roam), why the closure to hunting is only requested for the modest area where do they get around the two puppies? Privileged as motherless children? But does it make sense? Does it have any logic? Because if it has it, then hunting must be closed not only in the aforementioned Regions, but throughout the entire national territory where ALL protected species roam. Otherwise we must recognize that this is the usual cunning of anti-hunting animal rights activists (who are champions in this)! Here, let's hope that the authorities are not misled by this "hairy" request, because it would violate the rights of those who pay large taxes to the State to be able to practice an activity that is not only legitimate, but also useful precisely for saving the Marsican bear : reduce the number of wild boars, the bear's food competitors!
A guilty silence
To conclude, another question arises spontaneously: where are the hunting organizations? Shouldn't it be up to them to publicly contest this absurd request from the anti-fighters through information to the media? And they should not feel the duty to defend the rights of their members by making a formal protest to the Park authorities, requesting them to list the cases - documented! – of bear killings that historically occurred during legitimate hunting activities in the 100 (one hundred!) years of the Park's history. Why are they silent? Unfortunately for them, it is a silence which in the eyes of citizens worried about what the anti-hunting agents are making them believe (and thus the authorities) through the aforementioned request for provision, becomes proof of the facts stated: although they NEVER happened! (Source Franco Zunino – AIW Periodic Communications)