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Old 08-10-2007, 11:36 AM   #1
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Pyrénées bear, farmers' foe, killed in road accident

Franska the bear was killed in a nighttime collision with a car, on a mountain road around five kilometres (three miles) south of the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes, local police said, adding that the driver was unhurt.

Local farmers accused Franska -- one of five brown bears introduced to the mountains in southwestern France last year -- of killing as many as 150 sheep and waged a fierce campaign to have her removed from the region.

The four females and one male joined the local population of 14 to 18 brown bears, all that is left of the hundreds that roamed the mountains only a century ago.

Opposition to the bears has been fierce throughout the programme.

A month after the 110-kilo (243-pound) Franska joined fellow female Palouma in the Pyrenees, authorities found honey-laced glass shards in the mountains planted by anti-bear activists.

Palouma died in August last year after falling from a cliff, prompting farmers to complain the Slovenian bears were ill-adapted to the rocky landscape of the Pyrenees and better suited to the forests.

Further controversy broke out when it emerged that Franska -- who was presented by Slovenia as a six-year-old bear -- was actually closer to 17 and possibly too old to reproduce.

Last month, more than 100 farmers marched on the governor's offices in the southwest town of Tarbes, dropping the carcasses of seven sheep they said were killed by Franska a few days earlier.

Animal rights activists say Franska is no killer and have advised the farmers to get sheep dogs or shepherds to protect their flock.

The bear supporters accuse the farmers of exaggerating the threat posed by Franska and point out that storms and disease are responsible for many times more deaths among livestock than bear attacks.

The state secretary for ecology, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, was due to meet local farmers and conservationists to try to resolve the dispute in the autumn. [/B]

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Old 08-10-2007, 11:40 AM   #2
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Re: Pyrénées bear, farmers' foe, killed in road accident

That was no accident me thinks... 1st degree bearacide.

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Old 08-10-2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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yep, I'm not sure it was an accident neither.
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:45 PM   #4
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disgusting.....maybe the bears should pack up their belongings and find a better safer place.
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Same with the wolves in the rockies Why do people bother to reintroduce creatures into places where they're going to get killed anyway?
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Eat the farmers!!
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I am bare right now....

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