Death of last native brown bear signals end of a species .

This could easilly happen hear…Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the Feds.
Matt
Death of last native brown bear signals end of a species .
Friday, 29 October 2010 – Spain The Foundation for the Protection of Wild Animals in Spain (FAPAS) has confirmed today that the population of native bears in the Pyrenees has perished out, and blames successive SPanish and French governments for the disappearance of the species.

A spokesperson for FAPAS confirmed that despite following the bear population in the Pyrenees closely for 30 years and investing tens of millions of euros “supposedly for the benefit of the bears”, in the city are now no native bears bequeathed.

According to ecologists, Camille, the last female indigenous bear, who has not been sighted since February this year, and was thought to be in the region 20 years old, is now “almost certainly dead”.

Over the past 30 years, the population of bears that had been living in the Pyrenees mountains for thousands of years, has been decreasing steadily, despite the provision of financial resources from the governments of France and Spain, and from the autonomous communities of Navarre, Aragon and Catalonia.

According to FAPAS, “the economic resources have been divided amongst the companies involved”, but no concrete action for the conservation of the species in the territory has been undertaken, leading the foundation to accuse the companies of a “crime against biodiversity.”

They have also asserted that the plan to bring back bears into the Pyrenees from Slovenia, “was a strategy by the French aimed at developing tourism in the area.” The American biologist Tony Clevenger, “refused” to direct the reintroduction project, calling it “a fraud, since the intention was to round up the bears once they’d been released, and to pen them inside a closed reserve where they would have served as a tourist attraction”.

The entire population of European brown bears, Ursus arctos, in the Pyrenees is thought to number to and from 19 and 22 animals after the introduction of specimens from Slovenia and Croatia to boost the indigenous all-Spanish subspecies.

The death of Camille has been described as “the blackest of omens” for the endangered species, by FAPAS, which blames police sources for failing to carry out adequate protection of the few remaining animals. in the city are believed to be only two indigenous males of the species remaining in the region

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