Annus Horribilis: Two Pyrenean Brown Bears Killed In As Many Months

What looked to be a propitious year for the brown bear population of the Pyrenees Mountains has instead taken a tragic turn with the untimely deaths of two of the animals, both adult males. More alarming still is that at least one of the deaths was no accident, as confirmed by an autopsy carried out after the discovery on Tuesday of a bullet-riddled bear corpse … Continue reading Annus Horribilis: Two Pyrenean Brown Bears Killed In As Many Months

A Wolf In The Winery

The surprise wasn’t so much what the villagers spotted that day roaming among the grape vines, but where they saw it. Wolves, after all, have made a steady comeback in France after being eradicated nearly a century ago. There are now at least 530 of them, according to government estimates — more if you ask the many farmers who’ve lost livestock to the predators in … Continue reading A Wolf In The Winery

Giving France’s Treasured Trees Their Due

SAINT-GUILHEM-LE-DÉSERT — Even here, in a part of the world where big, beautiful plane trees abound, the behemoth that rises above the Place de la Liberté in the hillside village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a sight to behold. From a massive trunk that measures more than six meters around, the “Roi Platane” (The Plane King), as it’s known, stretches out and then up, its top branches … Continue reading Giving France’s Treasured Trees Their Due

Chileans Again Make Their Mark In Montpellier

MONTPELLIER — Three weeks after a tidal wave of popular frustration gushed forth in Chile, turning the country on its head, protestors are continuing to take to the streets, day after day, by the hundreds of thousands. Chileans living abroad are doing their part as well to support the movement, and to give it visibility in their adopted countries and cities. The community of Chilean … Continue reading Chileans Again Make Their Mark In Montpellier

El Pueblo Unido! Unrest In Chile Prompts Montpellier Protest

Montpellier’s resident Chileans made their presence felt Monday night in the city’s main square, the Place de la Comédie, where about 100 people gathered to protest the government repression taking place right now in Santiago and elsewhere in Chile. “Instead of entering into a dialogue with the people, the president decided to use force,” said Tania Trigo, who came to France from Santiago two and … Continue reading El Pueblo Unido! Unrest In Chile Prompts Montpellier Protest

Climate Change And ‘Conchyliculture’ In The Étang de Thau

BOUZIGUES — Located on the Étang de Thau, a large lagoon just inland from the Mediterranean Sea, in far southern France, Bouzigues is brimming with charm. A friend in Montpellier mentioned just last night that she got married there. Makes sense. With its classic church tower and narrow, earth-toned maisons de village lining a gently curving waterfront promenade, the town is everything the area’s more recently … Continue reading Climate Change And ‘Conchyliculture’ In The Étang de Thau

Sniffing Around For Bears In Spain’s Val D’Aran

VAL D’ARAN — It wasn’t until I’d made may way clear through to other side of the village that I finally crossed paths with another human: A man about my age returning from a walk in the hills with his dog. “The only thing I can tell you is that up along the road, after the bend and then further along where it winds back, … Continue reading Sniffing Around For Bears In Spain’s Val D’Aran

Why France Has Any Bears At All

SON — Mankind has been anything but kind to France’s largest carnivore, the Euroasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos), which came within a hair’s breadth of disappearing completely from the national territory. But humans are also the reason there are any wild bears left in France. That’s because starting in the 1980s, a plan was hatched to save the few remaining animals — all of … Continue reading Why France Has Any Bears At All

Pyrenean Brown Bears: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The numbers aren’t official yet, but 2019 appears to have been a bumper year for the brown bear population in the Pyrenees Mountains, with the addition of perhaps 10 bouncing babies, maybe even more, a government source told the online Spanish newspaper Público. Not only that, but two of the cubs are thought to be living in the western part of the range, which at … Continue reading Pyrenean Brown Bears: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly