A male bear cub was caught strolling οn the southern side of Kastoria Lake on Monday, a day after in wandered out in the same direction attracting the attention of numerous bystanders.
People watching the bear through binoculars saw it feast on a dead swan and then chase a rare white-tailed eagle which tried to steal the carcass.
Scientists from wildlife NGO “Arktouros” and Environment Company of Kastoria, along with forest service employees and police arrived at the lake to try to lead the animal peacefully out of the lake and away from residential areas.
“Arktouros” official Nikos Panagiotopoulos told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) the bear returned because food is in abundance and hunting for the young animal is easy in these conditions. “The large birds of the lake such as swans and ducks are exhausted, weakened and some even injured from the cold weather and the lack of food, making them an easy prey for the young male,” he said.