FRAYEUR – For a few days in Pas-de-Calais, several inhabitants and surveillance cameras have spotted an animal that could be a puma in the wild. Where is he from ? Who owns it? Is it dangerous ?
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The enigma continues, five days after the first observation. Who is this feline in freedom in the surroundings of Auxi-le-Château, in Pas-de-Calais? Where is he from ? Wednesday, October 13, from his house, a couple raised the alarm after having scrutinized him for a long time. “Seeing his body and especially his walk – rather clumsy – I said to myself that it was a feline”, testifies the woman at the microphone of TF1, in the video at the top of this article.
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Since then, the hunt has mobilized firefighters, technicians from the French Biodiversity Office, the police helicopter, too. The police, moreover, assert that the beast would not fear man, but the converse is not true. The prefecture fears a confrontation with the population and has authorized the shots to shoot him down. A scandal, estimates more than 20,000 signatories of an online petition, opposed to the death of the animal.
Even if it has been trained (…) the danger is present
Sometimes there is no choice. In 2017, in Paris, a tiger escaped from a circus was killed by his trainer to avoid a possible bite in the street. Because for specialists, capture using a hypodermic launcher is very delicate.
“Even if he has been trained, even if he has been in contact with man since his birth, the danger is present. We are not trainers of wild animals, we are not circus people. So, of course, it’s very dangerous “, explains Lieutenant Louis Fragale, deputy head of the animal rescue group of the departmental chief of rescue and fire of the Alpes-Maritimes (Sdis 06).
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Another precedent in 2019, when a black panther gets lost in Armentières, in the North. Surrealist images and happy ending: she had been put to sleep and then placed at the Maubeuge zoo, even though strangers had mysteriously removed her from her enclosure a few nights later.
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