The life and times of Mike the Bear

Mike, aka M13, was the last wild bear in Switzerland — and he lived up to the title. During his brief time in the country, he broke into a home, was hit by a train, and started a fire.

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  1. "The bear disappeared from our region for a hundred years, and now it's back," said the Swiss man who first spotted M13. In this 2012 report, Swiss Info called him the "newest wildlife celebrity":
  2. Wild bears become instant celebrities
  3. But M13, known by online admirers as "Mike," this  week met the same fate that befell some of his wild predecessors.
  4. The World Wildlife Fund, in several languages, described the killing of M13 as "unacceptable":
  5. It seems the reaction in Italy has been especially strong: