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Italian Farmers Rebel Against Wolf Protection

posted Jan 17, 2014, 6:55 PM by chloe owens

1/15/14, by Nick Squires, The Sydney Morning Herald

Italian farmers rebel against wolf protection

Rome: Italian farmers are illegally shooting wolves and dumping them in towns and villages as a graphic public protest against the death of their livestock, according to newspaper reports. The wolf was pushed to the verge of extinction in Italy by the 1970s, when the population dipped to just 100 individuals, but since then a ban on shooting, trapping and poisoning means numbers are now estimated at around 1,000…”The discovery of tehse carcasses should seriously concern all those tasked with managing and protecting the wildlife heritage of our country,” said Dante Caserta, from the Italian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature.  The wolf was protected by the European Union and Italian legislation and killing them shows “contempt” for the law, he added.