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French schapenboeren promise ” war ” against it by the ministry, marked bear. The bear is almost extinct in the Pyrenees, but him back can be quite the ecosystem virtue.

She comes from Slovenia and it is still the question of how much fun her new home will be found. Thursday the French Ministry for Ecological Transition by helicopter to a ‘perfectly healthy’ bear deposited in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantique (the western border between France and Spain). That was outside a few residents counted. They organized a veritable manhunt on the animal in the valley of the river Aspe.

‘Be sure that we will be waiting’

The protesters are evil …

She comes from Slovenia and it is still the question of how much fun her new home will be found. Thursday the French Ministry for Ecological Transition by helicopter to a ‘perfectly healthy’ bear deposited in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantique (the western border between France and Spain). That was outside a few residents counted. They organized a veritable manhunt on the animal in the valley of the river Aspe.

‘Be sure that we will be waiting’

The protesters are evil schapenboeren. They say that the bear their herds of attacks. The department is however determined to the brown bear, which in the nineties, just about been eradicated in the region, to recover. Olivier Maurin, leader of the antiberenbrigade, promised on the catholic news site La Croix is already a fierce ‘afschrikkingscampagne’ where ‘all possible means’ will be used.

The farmers blocked yesterday the road with their tractors and had trucks standing that could serve for the transport of the beer. Minister François de Rugy called that ‘unacceptable behaviour’ of people who feel empowered to hooivorken traffic to threaten.’

There’ll be a second bear in the western Pyrenees. Two indigenous males would be in that specific area of life. At least, as the antiberenbrigade fails to kill them. “Be there, but sure that there will be people to the mountains moving to the bear to wait,’ said one of the protesting hunters at La Croix. In the whole of the Pyrenees (east to west) still live exactly 39 bears, the most in the east. All of them have an own name: so intense is the attention for the endangered species.

From 39 to 250

The political struggle around the bear flares up for years bright. Both France and Spain have, over the years, new bears from Slovenia entered. The resistance is more and more spectacular. The local elected body of the PS, David Habib, said yesterday that the government, the farmers sacrificed. Ngos which bear want to protect say that the protesters an extremist minority.

A poll showed that 84 percent of the French people, the bears would save. In the region In question (Western Pyrenees) 73 percent of the two new berinnen welcome. Ex-minister of the environment Hulot, that the decision instituted, ‘not to witness the final disappearance of this species’. According to scientists, there are at least 250 healthy, adult animals are needed to eradicate to avoid.

The decade-long efforts to the dense bear population to recover, walked often to nothing, if only because of the bears that remain are often closely related. It pays to ocharme two bears from? According to biologist Herwig Leirs (University of Antwerp). “If that berinnen in the west of the Pyrenees to be left alone, and they meet the remaining males, then that population is quickly and successful to maintain,” he says. “In the ideal scenario, the bears from the west and the east than in contact with each other. That is much more realistic and easier than the bears first to die out, and then later from a blank sheet to try.’

Time is running out so. In march this year condemned a court in Toulouse, the French addition, to a fine of 17,500 euros, because they are too little had been done to the protected brown bear to the rescue.

Berenschedels in caves

An attempt at reconciliation between the government and the antiberenbrigade didn’t work. The state provides all compensation for killed sheep, or destroyed hives. But the local farmers claim that the compensation (almost 700 dead sheep in 2017, including a few that are not with certainty to bears could be linked) is not sufficient. They say that nothing is provided for death by stress. Stress leads, according to them, to spontaneous abortions in sheep and goats. Today, the diet of ursus arctos arctos, such as the European brown bear is officially called, for almost 80 percent of the plant material.

And the bear also has its value. Leirs: “Bears are predators of a higher category, the lower categories in check. If they disappear, that is more dominant. That in turn has an impact on the smaller prey and plants.’ This was revealed by a study in the American Yellowstone National Park. “If a herd of prey animals know that it should be on the look out for a so-called ‘top-predator’, was not necessarily a smaller flock, but rather another graasgedrag’, says Leirs. ‘So transformed simply grassland new small tufts, or mixed grassland with bushes. The bear is an example of a top-predator. He stands high in the food chain, and its impact on biodiversity can be significant.’

The brown bear lives for many thousands of years in the area. According to some show remains of berenschedels in prehistoric caves that there is a real berencultus existed in the Paleolithic era. The cultural historian Michel Pastoureau called the bear sometimes the ‘dethroned king of the middle ages’, because he was so prominent in ancient folklore and carnival parades.

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