UPDATE, 2nd of November 17:
We have received a positive answer from Brussels! The EU Petition Committee has noticed and fully accepted the content of the petition and of our Report. An investigation will be carried ahead and the content of the Report evaluated. We have been promised they will send us a new study on big carnivores and any update on the issues we have raised.
We thank all the signers for helping Djuro the Bear and all the wild animals under research. THE PETITION IS NOW CLOSED but we will update you with further news, as soon as we receive them! THANK YOU!
UPDATE 17 OCTOBER 2017: Wow, 63.000 signatures in only a few days, thank you for your support! Future 4 Wildlife has delivered this petition, today, 17th of October, together with a Report requesting the EU Commission to also consider revising the EU Directives for research on wild animals towards less invasive methods, following international standards and specific guidelines that we have included in our comprehensive text.
We will keep you updated on the results of this initiative and on Djuro the bear. THANK YOU!
WE WILL DELIVER THIS PETITION ON OCTOBER THE 16TH 2017.
Poland has only between 100 and 200 brown bears and they are strictly protected by European and national law.
Three years ago the young male bear Djuro was living deep in the woods, in the Bieszczady Mountains, exploring his territory and living his life.
Then, on November 2014, he was caught in an Aldrich snare trap by bear researchers and shot with anesthetic.
It happens bears never wake up from anesthesia. Djuro did, but certainly disoriented by sedation. One of his tooth had been extracted for scientific purposes and his neck had been shaved and tightly imprisoned in a GPS collar.
This young bear was supposed to wear the device for two years, but the drop-off mechanism (pre-programmed automatic opening of the collar) has failed, and he is still wearing the non-funcitoning collar. GPS and radio emitter permitting to localise this bear and find him, have both failed too, and the collar was not equipped with auto-degradable security bands, as it should be.
Unfortunately, for more than two years, researchers weren’t able to find Djuro and help him.
Beside the fact that there are other ways to collect data, non invasive, for the needs of study, like genetic and different analysis of droppings, collection of hair, photo traps and cameras - the methodology of this particular study, starting from the day of the capture, has been everything but appropriate for a protected species or for any kind of animal. Bears are normally trapped with Culvert traps while Aldrich snares are far more stressful to the animals.
Researchers should have the obligation to guarantee a possible stress-free capture and to provide the animal with an appropriate, good quality collar and, in case of it’s failure, to track the animal and free it from the device.
The condition of this unfortunate bear may now be desperate. He may be suffering and may be unable to properly eat and accumulate the necessary extra fat to hibernate and overcome the winter.
WE DEMAND THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT OF POLAND TO ALLOCATE A TEAM IN ORDER TO FIND DJURO.
WE ASK EU TO BRING AHEAD AN INVESTIGATION ON HOW THIS RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED FROM THE DAY OF THE SEDATION, TILL TODAY.
WE WOULD LIKE THREE INDEPENDENT VETERINARIANS TO REPORT HIS STATE OF HEALTH IF HE IS FOUND ALIVE OR TO EXAMINE HIS BODY IF HE IS FOUND DEAD.