Post by grrraaahhh on Jan 23, 2011 21:27:13 GMT -9
2010, a magnificent year for the Cantabrian Brown Bear
2010 has been a ‘magnificent’ year for the Cantabrian brown bear, with some 170 animals now estimated to be living in the wild.
Speaking to the EFE news agency, Guillermo Palermo, President of the ‘Fundacion Oso Pardo’ – ‘Brown Bear Foundation’, said the FOP puts numbers in the eastern part of the bears’ territory at around 30, with some 140 animals in the west.
Other good news is that there have been no cases of poisoning this year, and the number of illegal snares which have been found has continued to reduce.
The Foundation regularly patrols the bears’ territory, and reports just 47 snares which have been removed this year. It compares to 196 in 2008. Those found guilty of putting out the snares can face up to two years in prison, and a hunting ban for up to 4 years.
Many are put out by farmers to stop wild boar and other wild animals from damaging their crops, but can they can cause enormous harm to a bear.
Palermo puts the increasing reduction in their use down to the publicity on the penalties, and to the use of electrified fencing to deter the bears and other animals from crossing into cultivated areas.