The situation is unprecedented and potentially dangerous. This Sunday at the end of the afternoon, it was a farmer who gave the alert. The fence of the Vernierfontaine (Doubs) deer farm next to Étalans was cut by a malicious hand.
“I went there, there were a few dozen in the park, but between 100 and 120 deer disappeared in the wild. It’s everywhere. We tried to bring some back, but it was complicated”, says the mayor of the village, Jean-Louis Truche. The freed deer, deer and deer did not ask for their remains and returned to the nearby forest.
The enclosure “cut from pole to pole”
For the chosen one, there is no doubt possible: “We saw the opening in the fence, it is voluntary. It’s vandalism. It was cut from post to post. The gendarmerie and the National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCSF) were seized from the case. Dir-Est was also notified.
Area drivers are advised to exercise extreme caution, especially as the very busy RN 57 is just a kilometer away. “They are semi-wild animals, they can be dangerous because they are not used to being in nature”, warns the mayor. Measures were taken on the spot, this Monday morning, to try to bait the animals in their enclosure, with cereals and fodder… A task that promises to be delicate.
The Vernierfontaine deer farm belongs to a Belfort owner, who uses them for butchering.
From the park to the forest, there was only one step. This Monday, food was placed in an attempt to bait the deer loose (WG video).
“Poachers will have a field day”
Louis feeds and watches over the Vernierfontaine herd daily. He knows his deer to the end of the forest. “It’s impossible to bring them by force. It’s uncontrollable. We’re going to try to lure them into the enclosure with food, but if we get 20 or 30 of them, it’s the end of the world. I saw some picking their noses this Monday morning, but as soon as they saw the tractor, they took off. As soon as they disperse from right to left, it’s over. Don’t worry. illusion: the poachers will have a field day, and it will end up in the pot”, he comments angrily.
Restricted until then, the wild instinct of animals runs the risk of awakening in contact with the natural environment. “They can turn around. They can stay in small herds, but once in the forest, they can spread. We don’t know who did it, maybe a poacher. The gendarmes found traces of a car in the field,” adds Louis. The investigation is just beginning.