For the second time this year, the body of a bear was found dead in the Pyrenees. The minister of the ecological Transition, Elizabeth Terminal, has announced on Twitter, Tuesday, that the State was going to file a complaint after a bear was found, Tuesday, June 9, was killed by a bullet in the Ariège. In April, the remains of Catechu, a male born in 2015, had been discovered in the val d'aran (Spain), without that the causes of his death have not hitherto been disclosed.
" A polar bear was discovered today in the Ariège, shot down by bullets. The bear is a protected species, this act is illegal and profoundly wrong. The préfète visited the site. The State will file a complaint, " wrote the minister on Twitter. The victim was lying in an area of high mountain, in the town of Aulus-les-Bains, near the ski resort of Guzet and an investigation has been opened by the prosecutor of Foix, according to the prefecture.
About 50 bears in the Pyrenees
" no one has the right to remove a bear in the Pyrenees, it is inconceivable. It is a protected species, " responded Alain Reynes, director of the association, bear Country, which defends the presence of the species in the Pyrenees. "Of course, (we) the associations are also going to file a complaint and do everything in our power to find those responsible and get them convicted," added the figure of the movement pro-bear interviewed by the Agence France-Presse.
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The growth of the population of ursine in the Pyrenees, after reintroductions began in 1991, feeding in years of tensions with herders who consider their presence to be incompatible with the pastoral activity. The number of bears in the Pyrenees has now reached over 50 individuals, according to the authorities, which however, does not guarantee the survival of the species. In the camp of anti-bear, the news is far from move, and the trail of a farmer in anger is not ruled out, at the beginning of the high summer pastures.
A plan "bear" adopted in France
" we need people to be at the end to commit illegal acts such as this. No one has ever listened to their suffering every day. We sowed the pain, the suffering, the discord in our mountains ", reacts Philippe Lacube, historical leader of the anti-bear and president of the chamber of agriculture of the Ariège. "It can be also be self-defence," he said in a second time. It provides more than a dozen bears live in this area of the Ariège, the Couserans, a total he estimates vary between 60 to 80 specimens.
" Why is the life of a bear is more important than that of a sheep. 1 500 sheep have been victims of the bear last year. It would not be there if the record of the bears to be managed locally, by the aborigines of this territory, not in Paris at the ministry. "France had adopted a" plan of bears " for 2018-2028 for new releases of bear, but it has been buried by the government just a few months after its implementation, after the events of breeders.
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By 2019, 1 173 animals were killed by bears and 36 hives destroyed, according to figures contained in a public consultation launched recently for bird control measures of brown bears in the Pyrenees. Last week, the ministers of the ecological Transition and solidarity, and Agriculture had also announced a budget of 500 000 euros extra for the cohabitation bears-pastoralism. The defenders of the bears housed denounce for their share of the inflated numbers by the race of the compensation, and allocations to predators that are not confirmed.