Who shot the bear was found dead Tuesday, June 9, in the Ariège ? An investigation is underway for a leader of the “anti-bear” look for a deliberate act. The case of recovery in any case the conflict between environmentalists and ranchers in the Pyrenees.
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The species is protected and the young male of 150 to 200 kg shot and killed near the ski resort of Guzet is the second bear of the year to be found dead in the pyrenees. Another male, Catechu, accused of many prédations, had succumbed to Spanish side, fifty kilometers from there, in April, without the causes of death have not been disclosed.
After the macabre discovery Tuesday, environmentalists have vented their anger by denouncing the “poaching by balls of a bear “. “This new step has been taken in violence is part of a context of impunity of the opponents to the bear radical and violent that our associations are denouncing for years “say bear Country, Fans and other associations in a joint statement.
New release ?
These same associations are calling on the State to fulfill its commitment to “to quickly replace any dead bear human caused “. The last release to bear the slovenians dates back to 2018, the government has since frozen the reintroductions in the face of opposition.
For the time being, the gendarmes of the brigade of research of Saint-Girons conducting the investigation. The autopsy was to be performed Wednesday, June 10, at the veterinary school of Toulouse. “All means are implemented to identify the author or authors. It is an act of great seriousness “said the prosecutor of Foix Laurent Dumaine, during a press conference. The survey was open for “unauthorized destruction of a protected species “an offence punishable by three years imprisonment and 150 000 euros fine.
The plantigrade was lying in an area of steep near the circus of Gérac, to 1 800 meters of altitude, in the department of Ariège. It has been discovered by experts of the French Office for the biodiversity, conducting observations of predation after farmers had reported sheep killed, Sunday, 7 June, not far away.
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It is the minister of the ecological transition, Elizabeth Bollard, who announced Tuesday, June 9, the death of the animal, denouncing an act “illegal and profoundly wrong “and stating that the State was going to file a complaint. The organizations, “pro-bear” are also going to file a complaint.
The authorities count now fifty specimens in the Pyrenees, a number that however, does not guarantee the survival of the species. Last summer, spirits were still heated with the bond of the losses attributed to the bear, after several dérochages massive. For the single Ariège, a stronghold of the species, 565 claims had been introduced, accounting for 1 155 sheep died or were injured.
In the field of higher prédations, the experts put into question the delays to farmers to equip themselves with the means of protection of existing (shepherds, protection dogs, parks, electrified) subsidized to the tune of 80 %. The government had announced last week an additional € 500 000 to the funds allocated for the coexistence between pastoralism and the bear.
Constrained by european legislation on the protection of biodiversity, the French government launched in the 1990s a program of reintroduction of the brown bear in the Pyrenees, where the species had almost disappeared. This was the starting point of a conflict that has been ongoing since ranchers and environmentalists, punctuated by demonstrations, sometimes violent.