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Calls for Rubber Bullets to be Used to Ward Off Wolves Seen Close to Schools in Italian Alps

posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:43 PM by chloe owens

12/18/2017, by Rick Squires, The Telegraph

Calls for rubber bullets to be used to ward off wolves seen close to schools in Italian Alps

Wolves are prowling so close to schools and villages in the mountains of northern Italy that wildlife rangers want permission to ward them off with rubber bullets. Wolves are a protected species in Italy and it is only in exceptional circumstances that permission is granted to kill them. The request was made as photographs emerged of children from an elementary school in the alpine village of Canazei watching a wolf loping across a field just a few hundred yards from their playground. It appeared to have the remains of a mouflon, a type of wild sheep, in its jaws…Wildlife experts believe the wolf may be suffering from scabies or mange, weakening its immune system and driving it out of the mountains in search of easier prey. “That could explain the change in behaviour of the wolf in question,” said Mr Dallapiccola…Rangers are also studying the possibility of culling the infected wolf, both to save it from undue suffering and to prevent the spread of the disease to other members of its pack.