In Quingey (Doubs), Gilles Moyne, director of the Athénas center, has been tracking lynx for more than 30 years. In December 2020, he made a regrettable discovery: a corpse of the animal, reported by a hiker. He returns to the scene for the France Télévisions teams. The feline, whose corpse he filmed, had a gaping hole in its stomach. The authorities concluded after the autopsy was a gunshot death. “It’s completely preventable because it’s a deliberate act, comments the wildlife advocate. It’s a person who wants to wipe the lynx off the map, (…) and that we no longer accept.“
A judicial investigation was opened, but they would succeed only rarely according to the specialist. So from the care center for wild animals that he runs, he called for witnesses and offered 1,000 euros for any information allowing the poacher to be found. “Denouncing a crime is not shameful, it is a civic act which helps to ensure that the republican rules are respected“, he justifies. In frank-Comté, his initiative is debated. “Unhealthy“for the president of the federation of hunters of the Doubs, Jean-Maurice Boillon. If the premium has increased to 5,000 euros thanks to private donations, for the moment the omerta reigns.
The Ustou valley in Ariège, where a bear was shot several times eight months ago, is also talked about a lot. The act is illegal, but does not always shock in the mountains, where herds are often threatened by wild animals. “They can kill twenty or thirty, I don’t care“, comments a resident of the valley, a former breeder. Sea Shepherd offers here 50,000 euros for information. Wasted effort ? Rémi Denjen, whose farm is attacked every year by bears, welcomes the “mountain solidarity“, which he considers”flawless” on this topic.
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