Catalan mountains: what attitude to adopt towards wild animals?

While the case of the familiar deer in Eyne sparked a wave of sympathy towards him, it is worth remembering that feeding a wild animal can have disastrous consequences on its health. On the other hand, it must be kept in mind that a wild animal can have an unpredictable side inherent in this status.

Should they be fed?

Sandra Mendez, curator of the Eyne Nature Reserve explains: “In no case. The basic ecological principle is that if you feed a wild animal differently from its usual diet, this generates two things: it can develop diseases, transmit them to humans in the event of contact, and it may lose his level of distrust of predators.”

What other consequences might there be?

Sonia Benahddou from the Maison de la Vallée d’Eyne specifies: “Beyond the health risks, the risks of accident always exist, the very nature of the wild is defined by this unpredictable character. Even if we think we know the animal, and have established a certain relationship with it, n ‘Let’s forget that a survival reflex can lead it to become dangerous for us.

This story recalls the familiar behavior of marmots in the Eyne Nature Reserve in 2021.

Sandra Mendez : “We did a lot of awareness-raising so that people stop feeding animals, which in the end let themselves be touched. The behavioral problem started in May. We carried out scaring and in the month of August, the problem was solved. I think that it is absolutely necessary to provide information, it is essential”

You have to know how to keep reason despite the magnificent bond that you can create with a wild animal. By ignorance, giving him food can quite simply condemn him.

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