Tooth and claw: protective mother make cuts off Dracula’s castle

Brown bear shielding three cubs closes Poenari Castle are exploited by Romanias Vlad the Impaler in the 15 th century

While Draculas legend generally fails to scare tourists away from the blood-sucking vampires 15 th century palace, a large, furry and protective mother abide has had more success.

Romanian authorities have declared Poenari castle off limits after tourists climbing the 1,480 steps up to the breaks had close shaves with the animal and her three cubs.

The environment ministry has given us the green light for the four permits to be captivated and moved elsewhere, neighbourhood official Emilian Dragnea said in a statement.

But we still have to decide where to remove them to, he said.

Police blamed tourists for leaving meat which attracts the animals.

Poenari Castle was used by Prince Vlad the Impaler Tepes, the muse for Bram Stokers 1897 gothic novel Dracula. The bigger sightseer attractivenes however is Bran Castle in Transylvania , which has tangential associations with Vlad the Impaler.

In 2014 a senior politician from the Transylvanian region called for the army to be brought in to deal with the growing number of suffers, following a string of cases involving damage caused to private property.

The[ tolerate] difficulty necessitates the participation of specialised state institutions such as the police, the paramilitary and even the army, Csaba Borboly said.

Romania is dwelling to around 6,000 brown stands, up from around 1,000 countenances 50 years ago. They represent 60% of the European digest population.

Brown bears are amongst the largest living carnivores and can ripen to a tremendous sizing, males up to 350 kg, and females to 200 kg. The largest dark-brown bear upon register was caught in Romania and weighed 480 kg.

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