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Parliamentary question - E-002548/2021Parliamentary question

The hunting of bears for recreational purposes through derogation from the Habitats Directive

Question for written answer  E-002548/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nicolae Ştefănuță (Renew)

Bear hunting is banned in Romania under the Habitats Directive and Romanian legislation. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests does, however, approve hunting quotas each year for bear population management purposes, as the population of bears is considered too high.

However, as a result of this derogation, animals protected under the Habitats Directive are also shot for recreational purposes in paid hunting expeditions that cost up to EUR 20 000 per animal. The media reported that a bear that posed no danger and did not interact with humans was shot for a trophy in a Natura 2000 site.

Last updated: 28 May 2021
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