What is Meerkat, this app to protect walkers from hunters

After several months of consultations, the government will unveil its announcements on Monday concerning the hunt, in order to make the practice more secure in order to reduce the number of accidents. Among the measures that should be announced, the deployment of a smartphone application for walkers, on which hunters will be listed in real time.

This application, called “Suricate”, already exists, indicates Le Figaro. Launched in 2014 by the ministry of sportsit is available on theApple Store and Google Play. This is a collaborative mobile app that allows users to report problems encountered on their journey during sports or leisure activities, such as “a source of pollution, a conflict of use, incorrect signage or even a faulty equipment”, is it specified on the Internet page ” Meerkat, sentinels nature sports “.

How it works ?

Once the application is loaded on your smartphone, you must first report the location of the problem by validating its contact details GPS. It is then necessary to fill in several pieces of information, indicating in particular the activity concerned (rowing, horse riding, climbing, etc.), the type of problem and its extent. Then enter their email address, and describe in a few words the difficulty encountered and add a photo.

The information is then transmitted to the Suricate network, made up of 700 referents distributed throughout the territory. They are “from local authorities, sports federations, state services and managers of natural areas, and are responsible for resolving reported anomalies”. The application does not include for the moment the mention of the practice of “hunting”. But within a few months, the tool could have new functionalities to allow hunters to be geolocated.

“An app? It’s a joke”

The announcement of this measure made elected environmentalists jump. “Really, Le Gorafi, you are totally overwhelmed by reality,” reacted Sandra Regol, deputy national secretary of Europe Ecology The Greens (EELV). “The victims gathered in ‘One Day a Hunter’ must enjoy,” she added. “An app? It’s a joke, ”added the elected EELV Sandrine Rousseau, in favor of a ban. “I hope it’s a mistake”, for his part declared the boss of the eco-friendly group to the Senate, Guillaume Gontard, by questioning Bérangère Couillard, Secretary of State to the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion in charge of Ecology. “Everyone knows the random nature of this type of application which gives a false idea of ​​security and is ultimately dangerous. If you listened to the French? Eight out of 10 are in favor of banning hunting on Sundays,” he added.

On the side of hunters too, this application is far from unanimous. Willy Schraen, the president of the National Federation of Hunters, considers this idea “ridiculous”. “We must rather make an application where the territories without hunting are mapped. A map is different from an application, especially when half of the rural territory is not even covered by the Internet”, explained to France Info the patron saint of hunters.



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What is Meerkat, this app to protect walkers from hunters


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