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France Plans Out its Future Relationship With the Wolf

posted Jan 6, 2017, 1:35 PM by chloe owens

11/21/16, by Marine Jobert, EurActiv

France plans out its future relationship with the wolf

More than 100 wolves have been shot since the apex predator returned to France and the state is now looking to plan out the future of the beast and its relationship with man. An assessment of how best to manage France’s wolf population and how it will look in 2025-2030 is set to be carried out; a number of workshops have been scheduled to debate the best way forward. The Eurasian grey wolf, which is protected under EU law, was driven to the brink of extinction in the thirties, but returned to France in the mid-1990. While its roughly 300-strong population, nearly treble what it was in 2005, can be regarded as a conservation success, growing tensions with farmers and rural populations have become a politically sensitive issue.