Mazamet. Parc du Haut Languedoc: a document on the animal

The Haut Languedoc Regional Natural Park (PNRHL) has just created a document to better understand the wolf in eleven questions and answers.

In Haut Languedoc, the first official traces of its presence in the Caroux massif date from 2013. The wolf arrived via the Cévennes and the north of the Massif Central. A wolf can travel up to 80 km per day and more than a thousand km before finding its corner. In the Tarn, it has been since 2018 that it has been showing up regularly. In 2021, the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) confirms the presence of two wolves by genetic data in Haut Languedoc and perhaps a third wolf, to be confirmed by analyses.

Since 2017, the Park has participated in the Tarn and Hérault monitoring committees dedicated to the wolf. The team in charge of biodiversity and Natura 2000 classified areas in the Park has undergone training in order to become a correspondent for the “Loup-Lynx” network piloted by the OFB. The agents of the Park can thus transmit according to a national methodology what is communicated to them (testimonies, traces, biological indices, wild prey…) and thus make it possible to disseminate the distribution of the species on the territory.

Do not hesitate to contact the Park (biodiversité@parc-haut-languedoc.fr). Findings of damage to domestic livestock with a view to compensation remain the prerogative of State agents. The Park team is not in a position to carry them out.

Where to get information? State representatives on the territory, in particular the DDT (Departmental Directorate of Territories) Tarn and Hérault, as well as the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) are referents on this subject.

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