It is now forbidden to hunt black grouse in the Hautes-Alpes.

Justice has suspended the departmental plan for the management of mountain galliformes, the prefecture said Thursday.

On October 22, the summary judge of the Marseille administrative court suspended the 2021-2022 plan which governs the hunting of mountain galliformes after an appeal by the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) and the Alpine Protection Society of nature.

"The judge considered that the sample of the population retained to calculate the reproduction index was too low at the scale of the department and, in the state, there was no guarantee given on the conservation of the species, ”said the Hautes-Alpes prefecture in a press release.

The black grouse no, the bartavelle partridge yes

“The hunting of the bartavelle partridge remains maintained under the conditions provided for by the prefectural order opening and closing the 2021-2022 hunt and decisions on hunting plans,” she added.

In total, the collection of 46 black grouse had been authorized for the 2021 campaign in the Hautes-Alpes department. Present in nine departments in France - and in particular in the national parks of Ecrins, Mercantour and Vanoise -, the black grouse is particularly threatened by the exploitation of high-altitude meadows and sports practices, which modify its habitat.

Hunting of this bird from the order of hens and pheasants, with black plumage spotted with white and bright red eyebrows, was until then prohibited only in the departments of Var and Ardennes.

As in the Hautes-Alpes, hunting plans have on the other hand been established in Savoie, Haute-Savoie and in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

According to the Mountain Galliformes Observatory, between 16,000 and 20,000 adult black grouse have been counted in the French Alps.


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