Attacks in the summer pastures: should a municipal decree be taken to kill stray dogs?

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The mayors of Bagnères-de-Bigorre and Beaudéan, Claude Cazabat and Yves Laffaille, plan to issue a municipal decree to authorize the shooting of stray dogs in the mountain pastures, following new attacks on herds in the Beaudéan sector at the start weekdays, and in recent months.

A municipal decree to authorize shooting at stray dogs in mountain pastures? This is the extent to which the mayors of Bagnères-de-Bigorre and Beaudéan, Claude Cazabat and Yves Laffaille are thinking in order to protect the herds in the mountain pastures of the farmers of their communes.

In a post published on September 5 on the Facebook page “Vie d’Estive”, we are even categorical: the mayor of Beaudéan would have already taken the measure after a dozen ewes were predated by a large canine in the Monné sector. , according to findings made by technicians from the French Office for Biodiversity (Ofb) earlier this week.

“I have not taken any orders” denies Yves Laffaille. “Only, after several stray dog ​​attacks in our sector, I mentioned to the impacted breeder and the Ofb technicians the possibility of taking this measure, if however the prefecture gave us authorization, and to supervised manner. In my opinion, a stray dog ​​that has already predated should be suppressed, and I assume my position. Such measures have apparently been taken in other municipalities in the past. I have therefore sought advice from these municipalities, and await their return to find out if this could be possible.”

The city councilors face the anger of the breeders

“We can no longer let the herds of our farmers be slaughtered without doing anything. They do a difficult job, and we don’t want them to end up getting discouraged,” said Claude Cazabat, mayor of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, who says he is in favor of taking the same decree as his counterpart in Beaudéan, without there having been consultation between them. “We are in discussion with the State services around this subject like others. A mayor cannot decide on such a measure alone, and we will only take it if we are authorized to do so, always in connection with the prefecture. .”

Like Claude Cazabat, Yves Laffaille hears the anger of his managed breeders, exasperated after a series of attacks on their herds in recent months. He hopes that such a decree can also raise awareness among the population who walk in the summer pastures with their dogs on the loose. “It’s not just the wolf capable of committing such predation. We are close to towns, and the Monné sector is very popular with hikers to whom we constantly explain that we must take their animals on a leash, in vain. Obviously, it is never the fault of their animal… this decree would at least have the advantage of prosecuting the owners of the animals which cause damage to the herds.”

An analysis shared by the mayor of Bagnères who concedes that making tourism and pastoralism cohabit is not easy. “The owners must take their share of responsibility and assume the damages with breeders.”

On the other hand, the two city councilors make it clear that there is no question of wanting to shoot all the dogs in the wild. For Yves Laffaille, “a stray dog ​​that must be suppressed is an animal that has been wandering in the mountains for several days, and which shows traces of blood at the corner of its muzzle. Because we know that if it did once, it will start again.”

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