DANGER - UNCONTROLLED HUNTING IN PICOS DE EUROPA
Royal Decree 1803/1999, of 26 of
November, for the Plan to the approved Director of the Network of
National Parks establishes:
After having outlined the law, I will be set out the proven facts, registered and allowed by the people in charge who are designated for 'conserving' natural and privileged surroundings in which 'human intervention on its values must be LITTLE'.
The protection under which the massacre of the Iberian Wolf is carried out is 'population control of the species'. The existence of a group of guards called the GAL (Group Anti Wolf) that enjoys killing as an example and does not despise some of them occasionally going too far in the fulfillment of that order and eliminating more animals than is allowed, knowing that the excuse of 'I thought that was a dog'. That is the excuse used for all the massacres of Wolves, and use it as a defence with the Environment Council of the Principality of Asturias and the Direction of the National Park of the Picos de Europa.
The cattle dealers have
eliminated, by shooting or with poison, in many areas, all the species
of animals that might endanger their interests, without counting the
collateral damage that has bee caused, the effect of which is not
known. This is and has been the case with the bear, the wolf and other
'noxious animals' (as they call them). And it would be the case with the
wild boar, the fox and the red deer, were it not for existing laws that
force their conservation.
The main problem is with the cattle dealers and shepherds that do not want to coexist with the wolf, nor with the wild boar, nor with the fox, nor with the scrub, nor with the royal eagle, nor with the bear, nor with the protected natural spaces,' in short, not with anything that provides competition with their interests or forces them to change the handling of their cattle and to return to the traditional ways, their aim being TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FLOCK. This it is the real problem. However, in the end when everything returns to their correct dimension: there will be professional shepherds, who truely will be taking care of of their cattle, which will imply less damage to the wolves.
The most unacceptable of all is that, according to official data, less than 10 cattle dealers have applied in the last years for help to apply for the preventive measures that diminish the attacks and damage to the wild fauna; however a greater number of them have grouped together to protest the presence of wolves in the only National Park where they still survive. Everything about them being a species in danger of extinction is just -- a bucolic-pastoral' myth. You only need to see year after year the forest fire statistics in Asturias or the continuing presence of poison in the mountains to prove that its contribution to conservation of nature is 'dangerous'.
The problem has already passed
beyond the point of where it is organised in a legal form or as an
entertainment; this was the case of the last hunts that took place in
the area between los Lagos and Covadonga: they went as far as publishing
a Bando del Ayuntamiento of Cangas de On's calling for all
hunters in the area that wanted to to participate in a draw to be
involved in a hunt. The result? An avalanche of requests.
* The famous 7 lobeznos[wolf cubs], a few days old, that the biologist of the National Park of the Picos def Europa, Borja Palacios Alberti, killed to by banging them against rocks, on his own initiative (without getting prior authority from the administration) in 2004. It was not a means of population control. In spite of that, the present Director of the National Park, Rodrigo Su'rez, tried to cover up the subject describing it as such. They are both still in their posts managing the National Park of the Picos de Europa.
For the hunters it was as if an opportunity had been given to them to participate in an activity that had been forbidden for nearly a century and which they had always wanted. For a fact, there is an area very close to the road to los Lagos which has always given problems of furtive hunting because the perpetators can easily escape from the National Park guards.
All that remains is to clarify
article 45 of the Constitution that says in the first section:
If you wish to help us to stop uncontrolled hunting of this species and therefore avoid the destruction of one of the few natural paradises that we have left you can collaborate by sending an email to the following address:
*Source: Forum on Picos de Europa
Fdo: Berenguela de Arredondo Juez
Inma Castro Fern'ndez
Aurora Sanchez Arroyo