Cows grazing peacefully in the pastures near Gyergyószentmiklós/Gheorgheni, a small Szekler town in Hargita/Harghita County, have not been safe since spring. The number of deadly bear attacks has been much higher than last year, with at least 11 cows killed by bears since mid-May, according to filings submitted by owners to the local authority.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, according to Szabolcs Mezei, who handles the damage requests submitted by the farmers.
In some cases, a bear kills the cattle but doesn’t have time to consume it, while in other cases, the predator won’t move until he has filled his stomach, despite the presence of dogs of even guns.
While damage compensation is provided by the government to affected farmers, the problem is that this compensation is paid by weight according to the price paid by slaughterhouses, which isn’t enough to even cover the cost of buying dairy cattle and takes one to two years to reach the farmer’s bank account.
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