A young male brown bear became the first bear fatality of the New Year when it was hit by a car on January 4. The bear was the fifteenth to be struck dead by a car on Greek roads since 2009.
Proto Thema reported the bear was crossing one of the most dangerous roads for bear fatalities. The driver who struck the bear failed to report the incident to the traffic police, simply driving off.
The Rapid Intervention Team KALLISTOS rushed to the scene after being informed by the Foresty Department of Kastoria. The team is funded through the LIFE project which studies the brown bears, an endangered species in Greece. Part of its aim is to identify potentially high risk crossings for bears and then install wildlife protection devises to minimise the risks.