Animal wandering: a bull lands in a district of Bastia, the authorities ruminate


During the night of Thursday to Friday, a ruminant was seen wandering in the piece Biaggini. A nocturnal visit that revives the subject of animal stray especially since many animals, without a master, would have been counted on the territory. A report was made in the prefecture.

During the night from Thursday to Friday, residents of the Biaggini district were awakened by the noise of clogs. In this residential area in the heart of town, a bull had chosen to take the path of Montepiano for a night out.

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A situation that is not isolated.

For several years, animal straying has been a complex issue for municipal and prefectural authorities. If, according to estimates, nearly 20,000 animals are to be placed in this category in Corsica, in Bastia there would be more than thirty identified. “And all those that we do not know”, confided a person close to the file.

“We heard the sound of hooves under the window”

“We’ve been seeing regular traces of them in the streets for several weeks, even near the prefecture, but it was the first time I had seen the ruminant. It must have been nearly 3 a.m. and , fortunately, the street was deserted. But to see the scale of the beast, one might not believe that it is abandoned”says a local resident, surprised by this nocturnal painting.

After the cows crossed in the middle of the territorial roads, the bulls fallen into the swimming pools, and the herds grazing in the gardens of the public buildings, the subject is again at the heart of the news with a question: what to do with these wild animals ?

According to several observers, these ruminants, not ringed, would have no owner.

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Over the years, they would have reproduced, in the wild, wandering around the gates of the city. Spotted, most often at night, on the side of Teghjime, Suerta but also on the heights of the hospital, the animals would have taken the habit of approaching the dwellings in search of water and food in these periods of high heat. .

“They are no longer watered, which can make them nervous”, laments Marilyne Taddei, victim of one of these animals, on November 7, 2020, in the Subigna district.

The trauma was significant, and her wounds took a long time to heal, but since then she has chosen to fight, in search of solutions by creating the Cambià avà association..

A few days ago, the cows were again in front of his house. In that same parking lot where it was loaded. “One evening, my daughter couldn’t get out of her car, she was surrounded by ruminants”, continues Maryline Taddei. Despite the work we are doing with the association, nothing changes because it is politically incorrect to shoot them down.”

The transitional enclosure was to encourage the animals to drink and feed on the spot to avoid going down to town.  -JM

Animal wandering: the problem remains

The situation is known but the problem is acute.

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Already in 2018, after several reports from exasperated residents, the City issued a decree giving rise to the creation of a drop-off point for stray cows. The idea of ​​a transitional enclosure, installed on the heights of Teghjime, closed and fitted out with a corridor to lead them to the cattle truck, had been validated.

The principle ? Encourage animals looking for food to drink and feed on the spot to avoid going down to town while searching for owners.

Only problem, these beasts have no masters and the portals are wide open. And for good reason, no more animals come to graze in these places. “We have no vocation to pen these animals which cannot be reintegrated into a farm” recalls Pierre Savelli, who following the last report notified the prefectural services of the presence of a wandering bull in town.

Will a next administrative search be organised? Will the wolf-keepers mandated by the prefecture of Haute-Corse and supervised by the police force again have to post themselves, hooded, to ensure the safety of local residents?

For now, nothing is scheduled.

The latest in Bastia territory dates back to January. And often, faced with the competent authorities in the matter stand up the defenders of the animal cause opposed to slaughter. The answers to be provided are divided. ” But eThey are infected with bovine tuberculosis and therefore there is nothing to do, except perhaps castrate the bulls to avoid reproduction“, advances the president of the Cambià avà association who “ wants to make everyone face up to their responsibilities in the name of the safety of local residents. “

In two years, the association has already identified twenty victims of wandering animals.

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