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Italy's Month-Long Hunt Is Over, And Daniza The Bear Is Dead

Italy's Month-Long Hunt Is Over, And Daniza The Bear Is Dead

Almost a month after she attacked a mushroom forager in the mountains of Trentino while protecting her 8-month-old cubs, Daniza the bear is dead. She was captured by a task force of rangers that had been deployed to capture her, but she did not survive the anesthesia she was given.

After immense backlash from the public and animal rights groups, the province had ordered the group to catch but not kill Daniza, though they have now issued a statement to explain what happened. "In compliance with the order, last night conditions for an intervention were created, and the team attempted to put the bear to sleep. However, it did not survive."

The team had been monitoring the mother bear and her cubs' movements thanks to the radio collar she wore, reports local newspaper Corriere degli Alpi. Forest rangers set up cages around the woods and put meat and honey inside to lure her. Until now, she had avoided the cages, though it is unclear whether she was in one when she died.

Her cubs are still alive, however, and have been fitted with tracking devices so that rangers can monitor their moves from now on. An autopsy on the 19-year-old bear is scheduled for today.

Daniza and her cubs Photo: Screenshot via Corriere della Sera

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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