Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein — the 32-year-old nephew of the tiny principality’s reigning Prince Hans-Adam II — is accused of taking pictures 17-year-old Arthur in March throughout a searching expedition.
Prosecutors opened an investigation Thursday on two grounds: The bear’s killing was not licensed and a few of these concerned might not have had weapons permits, in accordance with CNN affiliate Antena 3.
Environmental group Agent Green believes the prince was granted a four-day searching allow from the Ministry of Environment to shoot a younger feminine bear that had been attacking farms in Covasna county, Transylvania.
Instead it’s alleged that the prince shot Arthur, who lives in a protected space.
Gabriel Paun, the president of Agent Green, stated in an announcement on the group’s web site that he did not perceive how the prince may confuse a younger bear that had been stealing chickens from a village with the most important male bear that existed within the depths of the forest.
Romania has the largest bear inhabitants in Europe outdoors Russia and is pleased with its ursine heritage.
It outlawed trophy searching in 2016. However, exceptions are made in excessive instances, corresponding to when a bear has broken property or threatened human life.
This story has obtained widespread media consideration within the nation.
Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu stated media reviews have been incorrect and Arthur will not be the largest brown bear in Europe. His response has been extensively criticized.
The prince has stated “he doesn’t want to be involved in this sensitive matter,” Antena Three reviews.
Romanians have been bombarding the web site of the household’s Riegersburg Castle with abuse. Travel assessment website TripAdvisor says it has briefly suspended evaluations of the fortress.