The Brown Bear Foundation (FOP) has published a press note in which he says, “stand in awe” as, during the last few days, the media is echoed by a succession of “alarmist messages and unfounded” about the danger posed by bears to livestock and the people who live in the asturian fields.
“It seems that he has unleashed a strange competition to see who issued the statement more alarmist and dramatic”and the Foundation fears that it is using the bear as an excuse to talk about other different problems.
On the note of the POF refers to the collective Asturias Livestock after the press conference, held yesterday Monday, 5 June. “For a start, it points to the conspiracy theory, according to which the experts and the management, we are misleading the society about the number and evolution of the brown bear in the Cantabrian Mountain range, which would be, as stated in Asturias, Cattle, very superior to what they’re pointing to the official statements”.
The available information on the evolution of the population of bears of cantabria applicable, as it clarifies the FOP, the count, and annual monitoring of female bears with cubs of the year which has been carried out in an organized and transparent manner for more than twenty years, “and whose methodology and results have been validated scientifically and have been made public by the administrations cantábricas and ourselves on many occasions”.
“It is true that the bears of cantabria are recovering, but still meet the international criteria which oblige to consider them as a population in danger of extinction.” The affirmation of Asturias Livestock in his press conference that in the next ten years will increase from 240 bears current 900 “lacks scientific basis and transmits a message that is not real, because such numbers are not predictable even if sustained, the current rate of growth”, say from the foundation, which ensures that it is not true to the idea that it conveys that the bears live in a territory very limited and without possibilities of expansion, as in the Cantabrian mountains there are large areas where the species was present not many decades ago, and have barely been recolonizadas to date.”
“The reality that we are observing in the last few years shows that, when the population grow, some bears begin to walk and live in the corredor interpoblacional, favoring the bond between the two nuclei oseros, and have begun a modest expansion into former areas dens, although a large part of the potential area of the bear is still unoccupied”.
THE FOP is aware that in a growing population and the expansion of the species poses new challenges to the society. “A handful of incidents between bears and people who have registered in the last quarter of the century show that the risk posed by our population of bears to people is very small. But it is true that today there is more likelihood of conflict around the towns, which are increasingly uninhabited, where the bears are approaching, for example, to eat fruits”. To meet this challenge, the Foundation believes that it is essential to have a dynamic management that is adapted to each situation. “This includes put in place the protocol of action in the bears conflicting or problems that we have long been asking the administration, and it seems that is about to be approved”.
Also, wish that the administration be nimble and effective in an objective assessment and a fair payment for the damages of a bear, “as the good relations with the people largely depends on it.” The greater part of the damage of the bear are produced in apiaries, and that is why it is making “so much effort in to prevent them” with electric enclosures.. Although the damage to livestock pose a much smaller volume, it is clear that also require a correct and quick attention. “In fact, we consider it essential to work between all the parties so that their frequency even lower.”
The Brown Bear Foundation has shown itself surprised “by deluded”, by the proposals of Asturias Livestock to create a phone bear and a patrol bear to resolve conflicts, when the patrol bear exists in Asturias for more than twenty years, and the 112 and the telephone numbers of the regional offices act as channels for warnings of this type.
“The approaches alarmists are not helping the bear, but also to the livestock activity in the rural asturian, because the hype only managed to undermine the credibility of those who voice”, added to the FOP. Peaceful coexistence between bears and livestock can only be ensured if we establish and maintain channels of collaboration between the administration and the livestock sector, and acts for both parties with restraint and responsibility. “For our part will support you with enthusiasm all the initiatives that are conducive to this necessary collaboration, but also will denounce the attempts to manipulate the public opinion,” concludes the note.