Manech transhumance (black-headed sheep) in the Basque Country, in southwestern France.
Over 200 sheep fell to their deaths from atop a cliff after running from a bear on the border of France and Spain, according to reports.
The sheep’s bodies were found last Sunday just over the border of Spain, the Telegraph reports.
Local authorities sent experts to the scene to investigate the incident and they concluded the sheep were fleeing a bear when they fell to their deaths.
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A bitter debate over the presence of the bears has resumed.
Brown bears became extinct in the region in the early 1990s. Several years later, they were imported to the region from Slovakia and reintroduced into the wildlife.
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Although the French farmer will receive compensation for his lost sheep, that fact has not calmed a militant farmers group (Confédération Paysanne) which is calling for immediate action to prevent further attacks.
“Pastoralism, which is a guarantor of biodiversity and of a living and welcoming mountain region, is not compatible with the reintroduction of large predators,” the group said in a statement.
Another 130 sheep died in a similar incident in the region last year, the Guardianreports.
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