BIODIVERSITY During a first meeting with supporters and opponents of the presence of the bear in the Pyrenees, the delegated prefect presented a roadmap for 2022

 Pyrenees: The & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; favorite bears & nbsp; & rsquo; announces a decrease in the number of animals attacked by bears

Bears (illustration ). – Action Press //SIPA

All freshly named & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; Prey Bear & rdquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; & rdquo; was able to begin his mission by giving encouraging statistics. The number of animals attacked by bears in the Pyrenees has dropped. in 2021, according to official figures mentioned on Wednesday during the first meeting of this representative of the state with supporters and opponents. the presence of the plantigrade.

State funding of herd protection measures or the strengthening of teams operating at night to scare away potentially dangerous bears, & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; certainly contribute & agrave; the decline & raquo; attacks, according to a press release; broadcast & oacute; by the prefecture after this meeting & agrave; closed session of the Pastoralism and Bear group. According to participants & agrave; the meeting, the authorities presented a roadmap for 2022 including an increase in the & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rd; s budget beyond & agrave; of nine million euros.

Numbers in debate

A few days after a wild boar hunt in Ari & egrave; ge & # 8203 ;, where & ugrave; a hunter was seriously injured on November 20 by a bear whom he then killed, the prefecture had announced; the designation of Jean-Yves Chiaro as the preferred preference & ldquo; & ldquo; in charge of “bear” subjects & nbsp; in the Pyrenees massif & nbsp; & raquo ;. At the end of Wednesday's meeting, Fran & ccedil; ois Thibault, who represented the Conf & eacute; d & eacute; peasant, qualified; this & ldquo; & nbsp; nomination & nbsp; good thing because it & rsquo; s a sign that the issue is gaining importance and that the state is concerned & nbsp; & rsquo ;.

Another representative of the breeders, Yann de K & eacute; rimel (Rural Coordination), on the other hand contested; the numbers of the prefecture for whom, in 2021, the number of animals attacked is & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; lower & ldquo; all annual reviews since 2017 & nbsp; & raquo ;. For him, & ldquo; we can believe that & ccedil; has decreased because we have overcounted & eacute; those of previous years & nbsp; & raquo ;.

Do not interfere & nbsp; & laquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & raquo;

Among the pro-bears, Alain Marek, l & eacute; gu & eacute; Ari & eacute; geois de l & rsquo; Aspas (Association for the protection of wild animals), ruled; sufficient the current annual increase of 10% in the number of bears, not wishing for new introductions that may interfere with the necessary & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rdquo; & rdquo;, especially with the breeders. For Patrick Leyrissoux, from Ferus, another pro-bear association, & laquo; & nbsp; we must continue & agrave; put on protections & raquo; in order to further limit attacks.

On the other hand, for Yann of K & eacute; rimel, these protections harm the sheep, which are also & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; wild animals & nbsp; & raquo; and do not have vocation & agrave; & eac; to be regrouped every evening to avoid the attacks of these bears & ldquo; & nbsp; not pyrenees & nbsp; & raquo; who & ldquo; & l & l; & nbsp; unfortunately have a habit of approaching man and herds & rsquo;. France has committed & oacute; in the 1990s a program to re-introduce plantigrades from Slovenia while the bear population of the Pyrenees was threatened with extinction.