But now, Phys.org reports that Daniza was finally captured, tranquilized and, eventually, died. A spokesperson for the government in Trento in northern Italy said simply that the bear "was put to sleep but, unfortunately, did not survive."
Italy's Greens are calling for a criminal inquiry. Said spokesman Angelo Bonelli:
"A bear that was attempting to defend her own cubs from danger has died at the hands of the institutions, and now her small cubs are also in danger without the protection of their mother."
Her cubs are eight months old. One was captured, tagged and released, while the other could not be found. Brown bear cubs usually stay with their mothers for two to four years.
Daniza was one of some 50 bears living in Italy. In the 1990s, she was transferred to the area from Slovenia as part of a groundbreaking reintroduction program along with nine other bears.