Mid September a video was sent to local media in the Ariège Pyrenees.
In the video a spokesperson for the group of about 30 heavily armed individuals, their faces hidden by balaclavas, threatens to start hunting the brown bears in the Pyrenees which are a protected species.
This excellent programme C Politique Le Débat was broadcast on Arte
looks at both sides of the issue about whether brown bears and mountain farmers can cohabit in the Pyrenees.
1:46 mins. 8 minute introductory film. Sets out the pro and anti arguments for brown bear reintroduction in the Pyrenees and covers the summer attacks on livestock by brown bears and the video of the group threatening to start hunting the bears if the government does not start to listen to their concerns.
10:00 mins. Studio debate between
Alan Reynes (Pro Bear) - the Director of the Association 'Pays de l'Ours' and François Toulis (Anti Bear) - President of the Ariège Chamber of Agriculture.
25:00 mins. End.