Farmers in French Pyrenees try to scare bears to SpainStaff Writer | October 8, 2018
Farmers and hunters in the French Pyrenees have attempted to move two female bears towards the Spanish side of the border using “scare tactics”.
Europe Two female bears were released
The gendarmerie confirmed that “some” farmers, hunters and ministers “had started a battle of scare tactics in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques”.
Two female bears, who it is hoped will give birth in 2019, were released into the Pyrenees on Thursday and Friday.
According to the farmers, the presence of bears is not compatible with farming. Bears - whose diet is usually 70% vegetables and plants - may attack goats, and even cause dozens of animals to fall down the mountain as they try to escape if a bear is chasing them.
Jean-Pierre Chourrout-Pourtalet, mayor of Sarrance (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine), said: “The idea is to scare the bears and the wolves and maintain movement. The idea is to make the bears go towards Spain.”
But he added: “Officially, they are just people who are setting off on a mountain walk.”
In contrast, some farmers have come out to argue for cohabitation with bears. ■