January 23, 2021

A hunter kills the Osa Sarousse with a shot in the Pyrenees



Nature Protection Agents, members of the Aragon Government Bear Patrol and Seprona certified yesterday Sunday the death of the Sarousse bear in the Bardaji valley in the Ribagorza region (Huesca). Death occurred as a result of the shooting of a hunter, who has claimed to act in self-defense. This Sunday another adult bear was accidentally shot while a hunt was taking place in the surroundings of the Palencia town of Ventanilla, belonging to the municipality of Cervera de Pisuerga.

The necropsy of the Sarousse bear will be carried out by technicians of the Government of Aragon, foreseeably throughout today. Seprona has taken over the investigation. The hunter alleged to the agents that he acted in self-defense when he encountered the bear in a hostile attitude while hunting in the Pyrenean valley.

According to La Vanguardia this Sunday, the hunters said that during the beat the hunting dogs had motivated the movement of the bear and one of them, who saw her approach, alerted the rest of his companions with shouts and, believing that the animal did not back down, fired. After the incident, the raid was interrupted and the Civil Guard was notified.

In 2020, three bears have died in the Pyrenees at the hands of humans. In April the Cachou bear and a second specimen gunned down in June in Ariège (France). Just ten days ago, an Environment official was arrested for his alleged involvement in Cachou’s death.

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