February 19, 2007

Brown Bears Threatened by Builders

My son has just sent me details of a development in Northern Spain that threatens the brown bear population. Apparently one of the greatest problems suffered by the bears is insularization - separation of the habitat areas by removal of the corridors between them by building development. Apparently this particular development proposes a ski resort be built in an area of low snowfall across a migration corridor used by a threatened population of bears.

This is in contravention of EU law, in particular NATURA 2000. Clearly someone's narrow economic benefit is being put before the law, let alone the welfare of the bear population. If you value species diversity and want to help please sign this petition and request that the Spanish Minister for the environment enforces European law to preserve a threatened population in preference to a development of marginal utility.

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