In all, four beasts have been savagely attacked since the start of the summer period near Lasne. In the previous article, we told you about Jean-Marc, of whom there was nothing left of his ram, found stuck in a fence, but also about Pascale, a neighbor who lost her sheep less than 24 hours later.
In response to our publication, a third resident of the region characterized himself, recounting having lost two sheep 3 weeks apart. “At first, I didn’t think to react, but seeing that I was not an isolated case, it challenged me”Guy explains.
Guy is a breeder, but also a hunter. Faced with the damage, there is no doubt for him: “It’s asked for a predator and I see no other possibility than a wolf.”
The DNF does not cry wolf
So, a wolf in Lasne? The DNF (Nature and Forest Department of Wallonia) qualifies. According to the cantonal office of Nivelles, “it is more than probable that these butcherings are the work of dogs than of wolves. On the one hand, the attacks – sometimes cruel – of dogs on sheep are not exceptional. On the other hand, no reliable indication of the presence of the wolf has yet been found in the provinces of Hainaut and Walloon Brabant.
The coordinator of the DNF’s “Wolf Network”, Violaine Fichefet, is less categorical. “It is possible that a wolf is wandering around Lasne, in search of new territory… just as it is possible that one or more large dogs are behind these attacks.” And to add: “A wolf will eat 2 to 3 kilos of meat. So whether it’s a wolf or something else, everything indicates that several scavengers came to help themselves one after the other afterwards.”
A precise protocol to determine the origin
To be able to determine whether it is a wolf or another animal that is at the origin of an attack, the DNF has a precise methodology and an expertise must then be carried out within 48 hours. This is why, when a herd is the victim of an attack, it is essential to report it as soon as possible to the “Wolf Network”. “When an attack is perpetrated, it is important for us to define the origin. Whether it is a dog or a wolf, it is interesting to identify all forms of attacks in order to prevent and better control the possible appearance of wolves. We have about sixty experts trained in this”, explains the coordinator.