Hunting and bear

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Since the Oso Pardo (FOP) Foundation began its activity in 1992 has been striving to find the best ways to reconcile driven hunt, deeply rooted among the people of the Cantabrian Mountains, to the conservation of the brown bear. The road traveled since then has been long and not always comfortable, but the results have made it all worthwhile. At this point, it seems sufficiently shown that necessary to protect the bear limitations are not incompatible with the enjoyment of the game. The FOP has worked closely with the associations and societies of hunters, has leased and managed hunting rights and their Patrols Bear has helped to monitor hunting with the FOP had signed cooperation agreements. In addition, co-it edited publication boar management in relation to the conservation of the brown bear and edited the manual Asturian hunters and bear conservation. All this work, and the fact of being the first conservation organization to establish bridges with groups of hunters to promote dialogue and common action, they have earned the FOP recognition of the world of hunting, said several awards and awards.

Currently, the Chase and Bear project is successful in Asturias through collaboration agreements with 11 Asturian Societies game, which bring together about 4,000 mostly local hunters. These companies are responsible hunters hunting management of 280,000 ha. Under these agreements, hunters and FOP undertake to work together to know the presence of bears in the preserves and combat poaching and poison. With the invaluable financial support of the Biodiversity Foundation, the FOP has provided hunters Societies material for nursery, a study of actions to improve the habitat in the preserves and about 1,400 electric fences to protect crops and pastures attacks boar, and thus avoid ranchers and farmers who put illegal steel ties can become caught specimens of brown bear. The Chase and Bear Project began his career in 2010 in Cantabria through a cooperation agreement with the Cantabrian Federation of Hunting under which broadcasters use is promoted to reduce conflicts with bears during the hunting and encouraged training and information campaigns among the group of hunters, in which the publication of the ‘Manual of hunting in bear regions of Cantabria’ in collaboration with the Biodiversity Foundation and the Government of Cantabria is part.


El jabaloso

The lives of bears and wild boars running sometimes as couples is not uncommon that sometimes confusion between these two animals occur during wild boar hunts or between wildlife watchers.

Despite their completely different morphologies and both are very popular and easily recognizable animals , the fact is that there may be confusion if the hunter does not show attentive and cautious when Osero hunting territory.

Corresponding to a large, dark colored animals through the scrub without being seen completely can trigger the hunter instinct shoot almost mirroring the part, even though it is not entirely sure what it’s silhouette. There biggest mistake you can make a hunter shoot something that has not been seen and identified with certainty ; so most of hunting accidents occur, in which both people may die bears.

Nor is it uncommon for some of the most experienced researchers in the field bear the identification hesitate on occasion that visibility distance or weeds hinder observation. For these cases, the FOP has coined the well expressive jabaloso end of the difficulty of correctly identifying the animal in question.


As seen in these photos is very easy to confuse a boar with a bear. Therefore, given the observation of a jabaloso , every hunter should refrain from shooting.