(I found this article on our French Internet home page this morning. I fed it into Babblefish and then translated that into real English. So proceed with caution. Some defintions and comments are in brackets.)
The bear Franska, which represented a good part of the dissatisfaction caused by the reintroduction with bears in the Pyrenees, was killed accidentally by a car in the Hautes-Pyrénées, we learned Thursday from the secretariat of State to Ecology. The collision occurred on the RN21 near Viger, approximately 5 kilometers in the south of Lourdes, said the local gendarmerie, thus confirming information on the radio. The circumstances of the accident were not very clear as of Thursday morning. The driver of the vehicle would be out of danger, according to the ministry. [Oh, thank goodness the driver is safe.] This Slovenien bear had been released on April 28, 2006 on the commune of Bagnères-of-Bigorre (Hautes-Pyrénées). It had attacked herds of sheep on several occasions, killing nearly 150 ewes. The animal weighed 110 kilogrammes [242 pounds] prior to its release. The Slovenien authorities had evaluated its age at seven years, but it could have in fact been much older.
Many stockbreeders, as relayed by their elected officials, advocated for a capture of the plantigrade. [Plantigrade: Walking on the sole of the foot. Having the foot so formed that the heel touches the ground when the leg is upright, or one that walks or steps on the sole of the foot, as man, and the bears.] This option had been rejected at the end of July by the Secretary of State to Ecology Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in a meeting with the "anti-bears" proponents. But she had then promised that in the autumn a mid-course evaluation of the restoration plan of bears in the Pyrenees would take place, which must by law, extend from 2006 to 2009. Franska had been released in the Pyrenees with four other plantigrades also captured in Slovenia. One of the bears, Palouma, had been found dead a few weeks later, apparently victim of an accidental fall. Before the arrival of the Slovenien bears, the Pyrenees did not count any more that 14 to 18 bears. There were hundreds a century ago.