Black Day For The Brown Bear In Spain: Hunters From
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Black day for the brown bear in Spain: hunters from Palencia and Huesca kill 2 females

The Brown Bear Foundation has initiated legal action after the death of two copies in the course of wild boar hunts.

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The Brown Bear Foundation (FOP) has announced the start of legal actions to claim the clarification of the shooting death of two female brown bears, that took place this Sunday in Palencia and Huesca, respectively.

Through a statement, the FOP has explained that it has already requested the Superior Prosecutor’s Offices of Castilla y León and Aragón to order the urgent start of the investigation proceedings “to ensure that all the necessary evidence is obtained to clarify what happened and check if there is criminal responsibility”.

For its part, United We Can has asked the Government to open an investigation to determine the circumstances in which two female brown bears were shot dead and has asked that toughen penalties for hunting offenses of endangered species. The petition has been silvered through a parliamentary initiative.

In this sense, he recalled that the acts of hunting endangered species “can lead to sentences of up to two years of deprivation of liberty, and three years if it is in a protected natural area, in addition to serious disqualifications.”

The Foundation has suggested the possibility of “proposing the aggravation of the penalties for these crimes, in view of the repetition of these deaths in similar circumstances”, while regretting that both deaths occurred in the course of paths “boar hunts”.

The first of them, in the Parque Natural de la Montaña Palentina, is supposed to have been caused by a hunter who, “apparently, mistook it for a wild boar”, a situation that has repeated on two other occasions in recent years.

The number of cases is the same in the Pyrenees, although all three have occurred this year, one for poisoning and two for gunshots. In the case of this Sunday, “the hunter has claimed self-defense.”

For the Fundación Oso Pardo, the situation “demands far-reaching changes in the practice of hunting in bear areas”, which they say they have already requested on several occasions at work tables with the Junta de Castilla y León.

In this sense, the entity requires that “each participating hunter acknowledges in writing that he is aware of the good practices to follow in an area with the presence of bears, and bear the consequences of not complying with it”.

Not in vain, “one of the fundamental engines of the recovery of the Cantabrian brown bear has been the permanent dialogue and agreement with the inhabitants of the territory, with all the sectors that make up the rural environment, including hunting”, he added.

In its United We Can initiative, it shows supporter of tougher penalties for these crimes, in line with what the Brown Bear Foundation or the WWF organization have also requested, and reiterates its question to the Government about “if it seems appropriate to continue allowing hunting during a period of restrictions for the general population due to coronavirus ”.