Dracula’s Castle Closed Due to Bears

Not sure what kind of exterminator you call for a bear infestation…

Romania’s Poenari Castle is an important tourist/cultural attraction. Originally built in the 13th century, it was later repaired and occupied by Vlad the Impaler some 200 years later. Much, much, much later after that, this castle inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Suffice to say, that castle has a strong link to the unnerving and scary. Speaking of unnerving and scary: Several hundred pounds of teeth, claws, and muscle.

Fox News reports: …the historic Poenari Castle in Romania was closed to tourists late last month “for the safety of visitors.” Apparently tourists climbing the nearly 1,500 steps to the castle that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler were having close calls with a mama bear and her three cubs.

“People come first, their security and integrity are of concern to us,” Romania-Insider quotes a local official as saying. Officials plan on capturing and relocating the bears once a new home is found for them, the Guardian reports. Police say the bears are in the area because tourists leave food behind.

Romania is home to about 6,000 brown bears, accounting for approximately 60 percent of Europe’s bear population. The largest brown bear ever recorded was caught in Romania and weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

Well, bad news for any of my readers who’re planning to visit Romania! Don’t worry, though, I’m sure the castle will reopen soon. Just try not to think about how both you and 6,000 bears are locked outside the safety of the walls.



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