The Department of Territory and Sustainability, in collaboration with Acciónatura Foundation, with funding from the Foundation Ensemble, has given two dog puppies for the protection of herds (GPR) to farmers in the Natural Park of High Pyrenees. These puppies are part of PirosLife Program for the conservation of the brown bear population in the central Pyrenees.
The herd protection dogs are animals that, historically, farmers have used to prevent attacks from wild predators such as the brown bear and the fox, and now also serve to drive away any wild dogs. The Generalitat de Catalunya facilitates the free donation of these dogs in risk areas from predators. In total, the Government has given 69 dogs to protect flocks throughout Catalonia since 1998.
Apart from the payment of damages caused by the bear for years, and now reinforced by the Apart from the payment of damages caused by the eye for years, and now reinforced by the PirosLife program, a program to support farmers and owners to group their flocks such that effective protection measures can be implemented and guard them when graze in areas with presence of brown bear. In addition, is also being carried out the inspection and maintenance of the electric fences installed to protect beehives of bee farms against possible depredations.
It is, therefore, to support the conservation of the brown bear as part of recovery of biodiversity, but also as a catalyst for territory and enforce the coexistence with the inhabitants of the territory, respecting the traditions and giving support to make compatible their activities and the presence of brown bears.