Wolf kills flock of sheep

French farmers blame wolf attacks for the deaths of a more than 50 sheep and goats in a single night. The attack took place in Avançon, in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. The following morning, the farmer affected reported eight ewes, 21 lambs and four kids killed, with 10 kids and 16 lambs missing.

There are thought to be more than 500 wolves in France. At the end of 2018, the authorities raised the slaughter quota for wolves from 43 to 51 animals for the year, ie 12% of the estimated population. Scientists recommend that a higher cull threatens the species in France. However, during a trip in March 2019 to Gréoux-les-Bains, for a debate on the environment, French President Emmanuel Macron said he understood “the emotion of the breeders in the face of these growing attacks” and promises a higher cull.