LCI editorial staff –
The Pas-de-Calais prefecture on Friday authorized “sampling shots” in the Arras district on a wanted animal on Wednesday evening and which could be “a big feline or a wild animal”, according to a statement released on Saturday. Spotted several times since Wednesday in the municipalities of Frévent and Auxi-le-Château, the animal had not yet been intercepted on Saturday morning, despite the deployment of an “important device” by the national gendarmerie, indicates the prefecture .
The elements found on the ground “in particular his footprints” guide research on the trail of “a big feline”.
His straying could prove to be dangerous for the population, the prefect authorized by decree until October 29, in all the municipalities of the district, “of the shooting operations of simple sampling of an animal which could be a big feline or a fawn, male or female “.
If the prefecture insists well on the fact that it “can only be hunted by lieutenants of the louveterie, the agents of the French biodiversity office or the gendarmes”, defenders of the animal cause are rising up on social networks, like this petition “Justice and respect for the Puma Auxilois”, revealed in the subject at the top of this article: “At present, no attacks on humans or animals have been deplored (…) The Prefect authorized the killing of a dangerous beast that has no problem with the ecosystem. “
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