Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Was this "fake news"?

A Spanish farmer posted on her Facebook page film of a cow being attacked by a bear. Not on her land she said, but on the French side of the Pyrenees. This was quickly shared as film of a well-known male bear in the mountains, with suggestions that this had taken place in view of farmers with their vehicles. Some internauts thought the landscape was not Pyrenean and the voices were not very French (or Basque), but sounded Slavic. Further investigation revealed that the film had been posted by an official Russian site on 9th October.
Challenged on this the Spanish cattle raiser admitted that the film was not shot in the Pyrenees but was illustrative of what could happen in the local mountains. It is possible that bears have taken cattle or horses, but posting such misleading films cannot help the anti-bear campaigns of Pyrenean farmers.
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