The essentials After several attacks in the Aure and Louron valleys, opponents of the bear are mobilizing in Arreau this Thursday.
Lots of smoke over Arreau, a sign that the fire is smoldering on the borders of the Aure and Louron valleys. At the request of ASPP65, more than 250 breeders from all the valleys of Hautes-Pyrenées, but also Béarn and Comminges, took part in a demonstration against the bear this Thursday morning. A movement that follows several attacks every few days. “At home the bear lowered a brand new fence with two rows of barbed wire and electricity. Even the Patou, who had been injured by the bear last year, couldn’t do anything,” says Jean-Noel Cascarra, breeder in vielle-Louron. The bear has Hunger, it is not the patou that prevents it. There, less than 100 meters from the houses, a sheep will have been devoured.
The fire of anger is brewing among the shepherds. / Photo Carine Le Garreres
It wasn’t the announcement of Wednesday’s “Problem Bear” protocol implementation that lessened the anger. “We demand the retreat of the Goiat bear, whose behavior is dangerous, or at least equipping it with a GPS collar to determine its position,” explains Jean-Bernard Casteran, Vice President of ASPP65, sending him back to the neighbor … It postpones the problem. “
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After kissing bales of straw on a roundabout, the protesters had to march towards the center of the village of Arreau, to the sound of bells and anger as fuel. A symbolic demonstration in the quiet, behind slogans like “He or we” or “Bears in freedom, breeders in danger”. “Now, beyond the breeders, the inhabitants are threatened,” said the Bearnais Olivier Maurin, calling on the population and elected officials (several mayors were present) to mobilize to maintain local productions and “all this wealth. Emergency”.
Sustainable mobilization NR – LAURENT DARD