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France to Grow Wolf Packs Despite Farmers' Anger

posted May 1, 2018, 8:06 PM by chloe owens

2/19/18, by The Local France News

France to grow wolf packs despite farmers’ anger

A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to grow to 500 by 2023 compared with an estimated 360 now. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany. The regeneration of the population in France has led to tensions between the government and farmers in the Alps and Pyrenees mountains who complain that attacks on their flocks cause major financial losses. Hundreds of sheep were let loose on the streets of the city of Lyon in November last year in one of a number of protests against the wolf, which has protected status.  Under the new plan a total of 40 wolves can be hunted in 2018 between September and December to keep numbers under control, while farmers will be authorized to shoot at any time if their flocks are under attack…Hundreds of sheep were let loose on the streets of the city of Lyon in November last year in one of a number of protests against the wolf, which has protected status.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180219/france-to-grow-wolf-packs-despite-farmers-anger

 

 

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