Police launch patrols to protect brown bears
Police in the far east of the Czech Republic have launched patrols to protect the endangered brown bear in the Beskydy nature reserve. The move follows the discovery last week of the remains of one animal in a bag with the hide and other body parts removed as hunting trophies. The Czech branch of Friends of the Earth have offered a 100,000 crown reward for the capture of the poacher. The brown bear is classified as a critically endangered species in the Czech Republic with the Beskydy area one of the few where it exists.