In its report on the management of plantigrade in our country, the Federal Council considers that the plan corresponds to European directives and has proven its effectiveness.
While the bear made its return to Switzerland in 2005 after almost 100 years of absence and around twenty individuals have been observed since, the Federal Council adopted its report on the management of the animal on Wednesday. This is in response to the postulate of the former national councilor Pierre Rusconi (UDC / TI).
For the government, there is no need to take new measures. According to the report, the Confederation’s “Bear Plan” corresponds to European directives and offers sufficient room for maneuver in the management of bears from neighboring countries, notes the Federal Council in a report. communicated. However, the text sees potential for improvement in terms of damage prevention. He therefore advocates better protection of apiaries and livestock and adapting waste disposal to reduce the risk of a bear developing problematic behavior.
As a reminder, the management of the bear, protected since 1962 by the law on hunting, is based on the principle that cohabitation between humans and the plantigrade is possible in Switzerland under certain conditions, while emphasizing that the safety of the he human being remains a priority.
However, the report “Bear management in Switzerland” recalls that experiences with bears from neighboring countries vary from one individual to another. While a number of discreet plantigrades did not attract much attention, some nevertheless attacked production animals, damaged apiaries or approached too close to inhabited areas. Also, in order to protect the population, a bear had to be shot in 2008 and another in 2013, he says.
In total, the Confederation has spent over the last fifteen years 120,000 francs in compensation for killed production animals and 30,000 francs for damage to apiaries. The Confederation and the cantons share the costs, 80% and 20% respectively.