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"On October 4, Romania announced a ban on all sport hunting of predators, making it illegal to take brown bear, wolf, lynx and wild cat. The ban appears to be immediate and permanent. We already know of one hunter whose hunt has been scuttled at the last minute, and we are sure to hear of more.

All predator species are protected under European law, but hunting for bear and other species in Romania has continued with large quotas since Romania joined the EU in 2005. Romania did this by using a loophole in EU law that allowed for control hunting of animals that have proven to be a danger or nuisance to humans. In practice, this meant that hunting associations responsible for certain areas could count bear populations within their areas and apply for a quota each year. Romania holds over 60% of the European brown bear population.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the practice has come under fire from animal rights groups and some conservationists, who maintain that hunting groups overstated the number of predators and the threat posed by the animals in order to secure higher quotas. The government now proposes to institute state-controlled culling in areas with conflicts between humans and predators. Bears and wolves may also be transported to other areas within the EU.

The ban is expected to cause a strong negative reaction from Romania’s outfitting industry as well as rural villagers and farmers who will be affected by higher predator numbers. Bear hunting in Romania has been a major draw for international hunting travel over the last 10 years with hunters regularly taking SCI Gold Medal bears scoring over 400 CIC.

Look for more information in the November issue of The Hunting Report. - Justin Jones, Assistant Editor 

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seadevil001
Oct. 8th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
От румын можно оэидать: "hunting groups overstated the number of predators and the threat posed by the animals in order to secure higher quotas". Впрочем, от защитников, тоже можно, что они оверстэетет.
kiowa_mike
Oct. 8th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ага... А ведь Табаков мечтал еще и в Болгарии открыть...
eugenph
Oct. 15th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
Думаю, будет непросто :)
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