France – Poaching: a boreal lynx killed by guns in the Doubs

    France – Poaching: a boreal lynx killed by guns in the Doubs

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    The feline was found dead on December 31 in the Jura massif. A judicial inquiry has been opened.

    This new case of poaching of a lynx “is seriously damaging the lynx population in France”, where the species is considered endangered, said the Regional Directorate of the Environment in a press release (photo illustration) .

    AFP

    A boreal lynx was killed by firearm in eastern France and an investigation for illegal destruction of a protected species was opened, we learned Tuesday from the authorities of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The feline was found dead on December 31 in the Jura massif, in the Doubs department, and an “autopsy found that the animal was killed by a firearm,” said the Regional Directorate of environment in a press release.

    Threatened species

    This new case of poaching of a lynx “is seriously damaging the lynx population in France”, where the species is considered threatened, she said. “During the year 2020, this is indeed the third proven illegal destruction of lynx”. A judicial inquiry was opened to identify the person or persons responsible for this offense, punishable by a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros.

    These felines are particularly frowned upon by hunters, because they take a good number of prey. Recognizable by its beige coat and large pointed ears, the Eurasian lynx is the only large wild feline present in France. Two thirds of the lynx population in France, which amounts to around 150 individuals, are located in the Jura massif. The animal is also still present in the east, in the Alps and, sporadically, in the Vosges mountains.

    Since 2019, the State services have been preparing a National Action Plan which aims to “restore the French boreal lynx population to a favorable state of conservation” and “the fight against illegal destruction is one of its priorities”, ensures the Environment Department.

    AFP

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