March 30, 2023

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After months of running in Saint-Sévère, all the cows returned home

Saturday evening, teamsUPA He started keeping two cows and a calf in a stable set up attractively with fodder spots. After the last animals entered, undercover staff closed the enclosure’s gates, explained spokesman Jean-Sébastien Dubay.UPA Morrissey.

Glad to have that behind us. It’s a bigger file than we thought.He commented.

l’UPA It indicates that the animals are in good condition and the cows are adapting well after returning to the farm for a few weeks.

Their owner, Pierre Lapointe, a dairy farmer in Saint-Barnabé, promises that the cows will be housed in buildings to socialize with other animals. He predicts they will be able to return to the fields next summer once they get used to fences and herd life.

Call with caution

The mayor of Saint-Sévère Jean-Yves Saint-Arnaud needs a warning, he askedUPA Time to leave capture equipment on site until Wednesday to ensure no free animals remain.

We had different figures, there were farmers who saw 20, others saw 25, others saw 28 […] We will keep the enclosures for three days and then if we see other animals through the cameras, we will retrieve them too.He noted.

Jean-Yves St-Arnaud, Mayor of Saint-Sévère

Photo: Radio-Canada

In retrospect, the first magistrate believes that all stakeholders involved in the case should have intervened earlier. According to him, A communication is not properly established between the owner, municipality and all stakeholders.

l’UPA Maurici confirms that all the animals have been returned to their owners and that the operations are well and truly over.

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He notes that an evaluation of the capture strategy will be carried out and a reflection on the communication between the collaborators will be carried out. l’UPA Thanks to its partners and gives a positive evaluation of the intervention.

I think we each have our roles and then our roleUPAIt really is [faire] Communication, media and actual capture function. The MAPAQ The municipality also had a role [de Saint-Sévère] Further. I think everyone did their part well on that side.said its president Martin Marküller.

The agriculture organization notes that the equipment used for the catch will be removed next week.

Many attempts

l’UPA Marici became aware of the situation last November. Since then, steps have been taken to rescue the bovids. At the end of November, an enclosure was set up with the intention of luring them with food. The groups expected that as corn became scarce in the fields, the animals would be forced to feed from paddocks.

l’UPA has They gradually caught the cows in DecemberPledge endurance to face harsh weather conditions.

Overall, theUPA They rescued 13 cows and two calves born during the run. Last spring, 24 animals escaped according to itUPA Morrissey. They have fled a farm in Saint-Barnabé in Morrissey after bad weather damaged their residence. The herd subsequently took refuge in a forest in the neighboring municipality of Saint-Sévère.

Cows in the field near the forest.

Beasts seen in the fields of Saint-Sévère in early December.

Photo: Radio-Canada

The presence of cattle has created a safety problem for residents and motorists as the animals have reverted to wild status.

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The officials took turns throwing the ball at each other. The MAPAQ Only criminal reports can be issued, and the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks said it had no jurisdiction in the case because the animals were actually a breeding herd.

The SPA They are not pets and cannot be interfered with. Finally, the SQ Because cows do not pose a danger to people, intervention groups cannot be supported.

Therefore, in Cowboys at the Saint-Tide Western Festival Reinforcements were called in, but to no avail. The idea of ​​enclosure was finally retained and gradually showed positive results.

In collaboration with Jacob Cote