A hunter who shot a bear in southwest France after attacking it could have been in an area where hunting is restricted, according to an ongoing investigation into the event.
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The Foix (Ariège) public prosecutor’s office opened on Friday (November 26) official legal information against the 70-year-old man for destroying a protected species and for “illegal hunting in a nature reserve”.
The bear – which was with its cubs – attacked the hunter while he was looking for a boar. He bit and seriously injured his legs.
He is still treated in hospital almost a week after the event, but his son said he was getting better.
Her son said The Dispatch that his father “saw brown spots” in the forest. “He had his gun loaded but he was waiting to see which animal was 40 meters from him. When he saw the little rounded ears, he told me he was amazed.
“He hadn’t expected, turning around, to see the mother standing on her hind legs behind him. After that, his survival instinct overcame the pain. This is what allowed him to save himself.
An autopsy confirmed that the bear was killed from a single gunshot wound to the chest, in the heights above the town of Seix.
“At least part” of human hunting took place in the nature reserve of the Mont Valier state reserve, where hunting is regulated by the French Biodiversity Office, according to the public prosecutor Léa Filippi.
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