Following the article published in Sunday’s edition which calls into question through a letter of complaint addressed to the prefect of the Lot, the wild boar breeding of Isabelle and Claude Delmon, in Marminiac, La Dépêche du Midi went to the meeting of the couple. It was clear that their boar park is completely closed, secure and compliant. That the breeding complies perfectly with the regulations in force and that their animals cannot be the cause of the damage observed in the meadow of their neighbours. The origin of which is obviously linked to the passage of wild animals, contrary to what our article mentioned.
Far from the annoyances that their owners have been experiencing for the past few days, Isabelle and Claude Delmon’s wild boars were peaceful and quiet in their 1.7 hectare park this afternoon. Yet they are the ones who are incriminated by neighbors who have seen their property plowed these days and have pointed the finger at the animals on the other side of the fence.
Animals with tag and listed on the breeding register
No offense to some indeed, the breeding boars of the couple are in a well and truly closed enclosure, and none has taken to their heels. As the breeders of Marminiac explain: “All our animals, currently about fifteen with the young ones, have a tag with the number of our breeding. They are all registered on the breeding register and none has disappeared”.
With a mesh fence two meters high, buried over 50 cm, and a double electric fence system that is added inside and outside, without forgetting the padlock on the gate; impossible to see these animals running away.
This new accusation which targets them is one too many for this family which until then preferred to remain silent so as not to make matters worse. “We have done everything to be in order. The order to open a wild boar breeding establishment was obtained on July 10, 2019 from the Lot prefecture, at the same time as my certificate of breeder capacity. Then, we obtained a modification authorization to increase our breeding last January”, recalls Isabelle Delmon.
This boar park is for these enthusiasts a simple family breeding and no boar is released into the wild, which is also prohibited. “We have had numerous checks over the past 6 months, that of the Environmental Police among others, but also another on our calf breeding and yet another on forestry activity”, say the farmers, surprised by this succession of visits, while they regularly notice malicious acts in their property or on their belongings.
“Without a doubt, the damage is due to wild animals”
There is no need to procrastinate according to the president of the Marminiac hunting society “Causse Saint-Hubert”: “It was wild boars that caused the damage. It cannot be otherwise”, insists Richard Van Leeuwen.
Moreover, in their hunting area, the fifteen or so hunters in the town keep a watchful eye on the herd. “It has been several years since there has been any damage declared, except on this property; on which we are not authorized to pass or hunt. Which we respect, because the same goes for insurance questions “, points out the president who, according to the requests of each other, takes care to regulate the population of wild boars as well as possible. Currently about thirty animals have been slaughtered by the local hunting society, much less than last year because there are fewer wild boars in the area.