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Horror as teenage tourist is attacked by a bear which then dropped her 330ft down a cliff to her death in front her shocked boyfriend while she was hiking in Romania

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A teenage tourist has been killed in a bear attack after the enraged animal dragged her away and dropped her 330ft down a cliff while she was on a hike with her boyfriend in Romania.

The unnamed 19-year-old was hiking in the Bucegi mountains in central Romania, near the city of Brasov, on Tuesday when she was savaged by the bear in front of her horrified partner. 

According to the victim’s boyfriend, the bear first grabbed the teen’s leg and hauled her off the path before throwing her 330ft down a cliff. 

When rescuers arrived on the scene, they found the snarling beast circling the body. The ‘aggressive’ predator tried to attack them and was then shot dead.

The victim’s boyfriend, whose identity has also not been revealed, witnessed the horrific attack but was unharmed.

He told Stirile Pro TV that he and his girlfriend were climbing towards the Spumoasa waterfall when the bear appeared on the path.

Pictured: A bear in the mountains of Romania. On Tuesday, a 19-year-old woman in Romania was attacked and killed by a bear 

The attack happened in the Bucegi mountains in central Romania, near the city of Brasov, on Tuesday

The attack happened in the Bucegi mountains in central Romania, near the city of Brasov, on Tuesday

Pictured: Dragon's Ridge in the Bucegi Mountains, where Tuesday's bear attack happened

Pictured: Dragon’s Ridge in the Bucegi Mountains, where Tuesday’s bear attack happened

He said: ‘It was unexpected. I tried to scare the bear, but the misfortune happened. I’d rather it had been me’.

He managed to save himself, the report added, and was found in a state of shock when rescuers arrived. 

Speaking to CNN’s Antena 3,  president of Salvamont Romania, the country’s mountain rescue services, Sabin Corniou said: ‘From the information we have, the bear attacked the young woman on the trail, dragged her into the vegetation next to the trail, and somewhere in this vegetation dropped her into a chasm and fell there. The bear came down after her.’ 

‘My colleagues went down into the abyss, where unfortunately, the injuries the victim had were incompatible with life,’ he added. 

Speaking to another outlet, EuropaFM, Cornoiu said:  ‘This is a situation we have not encountered before. […] We have had situations where animals came, threatened, demanded food, and made their presence felt to receive something. 

‘But here, it seems we are already talking about a direct attack, and this is not typical of bears. It needs to be seen exactly what influenced it. Maybe the heat, maybe some disease the animal is suffering from. 

‘We need to see exactly what changed its behavior so radically that we end up with such events’.

Meanwhile, Romania’s prime minister is set to summon lawmakers to attend an extraordinary parliamentary session to seek ways to prevent bear attacks in the wake of the tragedy.

Romania is home to Europe’s largest population of brown bears – up to an estimated 8,000 – outside Russia.

Marcel Ciolacu told reporters on Wednesday he would call politicians back from the recess that begins at the end of June and continues until the start of September.

He did not specify when the extraordinary session would take place, but said the aim was to agree measures to target high-risk areas.

‘There will not be a free-for-all on shooting bears in Romania,’ he said.

Local media have regularly reported bear attacks on people and livestock. In most cases, people have been injured rather than killed.

The environment minister said in March that 26 people have been killed by bears in the last 20 years.

In 2021, a government decree gave town and city authorities the power to shoot bears that break into people’s gardens and houses if attempts to chase them off or relocate them had failed.

Animal rights campaigners criticised the decree at the time and said officials had not done enough to try other prevention measures, including electric fences and better management.

They have also said the attacks have increased because of human behaviour as the animals’ habitats are threatened by construction, logging and climate change. Many bears are also attracted by rubbish dumps on the outskirts of cities and by food left by tourists.

The most recent bear attack in Romainia comes after a British woman was mauled by a bear while visiting the country. Her injuries were not life threatening

The most recent bear attack in Romainia comes after a British woman was mauled by a bear while visiting the country. Her injuries were not life threatening

The Scottish tourist, 72, was driving through on a mountain road in Romania when she came across two bears

The Scottish tourist, 72, was driving through on a mountain road in Romania when she came across two bears

After deciding she wanted to take a selfie with the bear, she rolled down her car window but one of the predators had jumped onto its hind legs

After deciding she wanted to take a selfie with the bear, she rolled down her car window but one of the predators had jumped onto its hind legs 

According to government figures, there are around 8,000 brown bears in the Romanian Carpathians. It is the second largest bear population in Europe after Russia. 

The World Animal Foundation said that between 2016 and 2021, Romania had experienced 14 fatalities and 158 injuries from bear attacks. 

The attack comes just months after an elderly British tourist was mauled by a ferocious bear after she lowered her car window to take a selfie with in while visiting Romania.

The 72-year-old Scottish woman was driving on the Transfăgărășan mountain road in Argeş County, on April 22, when she came across two bears.

As she stopped the car to snap a photo with the impressive predators, one of the bears leaped onto its hind legs directly outside her vehicle.

The tourist bravely rolled down her window to get a better view of the beast, preparing her phone for the photo.

But in a grisly twist of events, the bear pounced forward and mauled her right arm.

Her travel companion quickly stepped on the gas as the pair fled the horror scene, making a desperate attempt to escape further attack.

The woman was dashed to a nearby hospital following the brutal attack in the Carpathian Mountains.

Her injuries were not life-threatening, however. 

Romania’s Environment Minister Mircea Fechet has been calling for higher quotas for bears to be shot to prevent brutal attacks. 

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