France Winds Up Bear Repopulation Effort

Submitted by KIM on 8/23/06 at 10:36 AM. ( ) 69.171.240.121

France Winds Up Bear Repopulation Effort
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 1:19 PM EDT
The Associated Press


PARIS (AP) French wildlife officials released a fifth bear in the Pyrenees, the final step in a program to repopulate the region in southwestern France, the Environment Ministry said Tuesday.

Sarousse, a 247-pound, 7-year-old female bear captured in Slovenia, was released into the mountainous French region on Monday, the ministry said. The first of five bears was set free there in April.

Farmers have contested the program, fearing the bears will attack their livestock. More than 5,000 farmers ringing cowbells and setting off firecrackers protested the program in May.

After brown bears disappeared from the Pyrenees in the 1980s, authorities released three bears in the region in 1996, and one of them, Boutxi, killed 165 sheep last year.


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Well I'm sure they'll disappear

This response submitted by Cecil 64.184.41.234 on 8/23/06 at 10:53 AM. ( ) 64.184.42.8

after some well places high velocity loads hit their mark. One bear killing 165 sheep sounds a little exaggerated though doesn't it?


The FRENCH must ...

This response submitted by KIM on 8/23/06 at 10:55 AM. ( ) 69.171.240.121

...like their "sheep." LOL


i dont

This response submitted by lee on 8/23/06 at 10:59 AM. ( ) 68.238.135.125

think 165 sheep is enough to feed a full grown bear for a year.


Well maybe we can get some opinions from

This response submitted by Cecil 64.184.41.234 on 8/23/06 at 11:31 AM. ( ) 64.184.42.8

some bear experts here. I say that's a lot of sheep and you do realize part of the year the bear is hibernating right? An average sheep ewe weighs between 150 to 200 lbs. Not sure how much of that is nonedible wool.

Lets low ball it at 100 lbs average per sheep in a herd. That's 16,500 lbs of food 9 months of the year for a bear. Seems like more than plenty to me.

And we do know the French have been known to misrepresent right? LOL


I can't...

This response submitted by Paul Rusin on 8/23/06 at 2:45 PM. ( ) 74.65.23.98

bear anymore. Stop it right now, you kidders.


100 lbs?

This response submitted by John G on 8/23/06 at 4:45 PM. ( ) 64.12.116.11

I have a sheep farm, and my sheep rarely if ever get to 200 lbs. They usually max out at 125 to 150. The average is 110. That yeilds about 40 to 45 lbs of cleanly butchered meat(no organs)I don't think the bear is going to lick them clean, so I think the estimate is a little high. I also don't know the bears required consumption for a day to sustain a healthy diet. I do however beleive it's possible for a brown to kill 165 a year. It might not eat them all, but it didn't say they were consumed.


Well I don't know much about sheep so you may be right

This response submitted by Cecil 64.184.41.234 on 8/23/06 at 5:09 PM. ( ) 64.184.42.8

But I found this on the Internet:

Sheep Statistics
Body Temperature: 100.9 F-103.8 F
Pulse/heart rate: 70 - 80 beats per minute
Respiration rate: 12 - 20 breaths per minute
Estrus ("heat") cycle: 18 days
Length of each "heat": 28 hours
Gestation (length of pregnancy): 145 days
Breeding season: August through fall
Weight: Adult sheep average between 150lbs. and 200lbs. for ewes.

So you don't think farmers would exaggerate to make their case? I know I would.


You sure EXAGGERATE about fish Cecil!

This response submitted by LMAO on 8/23/06 at 7:21 PM. ( ) 69.171.240.121

Cecil said: "So you don't think farmers would exaggerate to make their case? I know I would." We KNOW YOU WOUL Cecil !

Caught any other WHOPPERS from your ponds and try to enter them for a state record or other recognition? LOL


I must not be feeding them enough huh?

This response submitted by John G on 8/23/06 at 7:59 PM. ( ) 205.188.117.11

You Calln my sheep scrawny? hahaha


Another jealous one

This response submitted by Cecil 64.184.41.234 on 8/24/06 at 12:32 AM. ( ) 64.184.42.8

that's also a coward (not leaving his name). It's lonely at the top. LMAOT


Maybe your sheep are a different breed John G?

This response submitted by Cecil Baird on 8/24/06 at 12:35 AM. ( ) 64.184.42.8

Like I said John I don't know anything about sheep. I believe the sheep in question are the Suffolk breed out of GB.


a footnote to the article

This response submitted by terryr on 8/26/06 at 12:52 AM. ( ) 12.207.33.102

all of the handlers had white flags at the ready in case the bear turned and came towards them


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