A wolf was killed in the Doubs department on Tuesday, September 20. The action took place in Longevilles-Mont-d’Or, while the animal was in an attack situation on a herd indicated by the Prefecture.
A wolf was the victim of a lethal defensive shot on Tuesday, September 20 around 10:40 p.m., the Doubs Prefecture announced. She specifies that the pair of wolf-hunting lieutenants fired on the animal, in a plot where a herd was already the victim of an attack on the night of September 18 to 19 in Longevilles-Mont-d’Or (Doubs).
The shooting took place since three wolves were observed “ under attack” on the farm in question. This is an operation carried out within the framework of the ministerial decree of October 23, 2020 taken when a series of wolf attacks affected several farms in the sector, particularly in the Val de Mouthe. A provision itself reinforced by an order from the Doubs prefecture dated September 19, 2022.
According to the first observations made on site by the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), the shooting conditions meet the ” conditions required by the regulations (physical attack on the herd present in the plots) “, indicates the prefecture.
The wolf is present in the Jura massif and on the Swiss side at the Marchairuz pass where two packs are installed. The Swiss have already fired to kill wolves.
Shooting to kill one of these predators is done in France only by derogation, when no measure works after a series of attacks on an area (herding dogs, enclosure, scaring shots).
In France, the gray wolf, which has returned on its own from Italy, has been experiencing favorable demographic dynamics for 10 years, and the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) estimates its population at between 826 and 1,016 individuals.
This year 2022, given the growing presence of wolves, the maximum number of wolves that can be killed in France will be 174 individuals, compared to 118 initially planned.
These defense shots killing wolves hit wildlife protection associations. “To coexist with the wolf, in a durable and long-lasting way, you need long-lasting means of protection. We need support and a change in mentalities,” says Patrice Raydelet, president of the Large Predators Cluster. He recalled a few days ago that the wolf is not just a predator. “It has an ecological value, the species is essential for the balance of the ecosystem”.