New sightings have been reported of a brown bear roaming through mountainous southeastern Switzerland.
The cantonal authorities in Graubünden said several sheep were found dead or injured on an alp in the Engadine region.
Based on previous sightings over the past few weeks, experts say it could be an animal from neighbouring Italy. However, it still has to be identified.
Twelve months ago a brown bear, named M2, was found roving in the National Park of the Lower Engadine and the Müstair valleys for several days before it disappeared again.
So far four bears are known to have made forages into Switzerland from Italy over the past few years. In 2008 an animal, registered as JJ3, was shot dead after it repeatedly approached settlements.
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