Pulling wood pigeons to protect crops? “It’s sad, it would be better to regulate longer”

“We are talking about ”particular” hunts, listed by the DDTM [Direction départementale des Territoires et de la mer, NDLR], targeted above the most sensitive crops to slow down the damage, and scaring shots are recommended. But it’s sad to be forced to destroy this bird, we would prefer to regulate it a little longer. »

94 municipalities in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

A public inquiry was held on the subject from April 7 to 28, 2022, and should lead to a new decree concerning 94 municipalities in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, mainly in Béarn.

The president of the hunters had stepped up to the plate in the fall of 2020, during the second confinement, to demand such shooting authorizations, while the wood pigeons (the other name for wood pigeons) were having a field day on the crops. … since scaring shots were then only authorized in neighboring Gers and Hautes-Pyrénées. Not crazy, the beasts preferred to roam the unprotected fields.

Philippe Etcheveste (right) stepped up to the plate in November 2020 during the second confinement in Samsons-Lion, in Béarn, to request exemptions to be able to shoot wood pigeons which create damage in the fields.

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“There are more and more birds that are settling down and moving around during the day to find food. The wood pigeons that nest in Pau, for example, go to the crops in the North, especially during the sowing period. There should be an in-depth study of the damage in all the territories, and longer regulation”, recommends Philippe Etcheveste.

“There should be an in-depth study of the damage in all territories, and regulation for longer”

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