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Emmanuel Macron promises that more wolves will be slaughtered

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During his visit to Gréoux-les-Bains yesterday for the Grand débat national, Emmanuel Macron reiterated his desire to regulate the wolf population by increasing the percentage of wolf culling.

The wolf has returned in force to French territory, much to the displeasure of the breeders, whose livestock remains vulnerable to attack by the canine predator. Yesterday, the President of the Republic confirmed that the wolf population had passed the 500-specimen threshold, stating that “the Ministry has taken very clear steps to adjust the level of levies from 10-12% to 17-19%.”.

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A measure that will also have to be adapted to the realities on the ground, depending on the department in question. For example, in the Alpes de Haute-Provence where it was yesterday, “the packs have gone from 12 to 16 in the space of a few years.”.

The wolf population is said to have exceeded the 500 threshold on French territory. Photo credit: Shuttestock / Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

With this announcement, the President of the Republic responded to the intervention of the President of the FDSEA (National Federation of Farmers’ Unions) of the department, a farmer in Dignes-les-Bains. The latter pointed out that wolf attacks had increased from 555 in 2017 to 693 in 2018 in the department, for 2211 animals killed, or 600 more in the space of a year.

For his part, Dominique Estrosi-Sassone, Senator LR of the Alpes-Maritimes, a department that suffered 870 wolf attacks in 2018 (a record!), castigates the “incantatory remarks” unresponsive “to the malaise and distress of the rural world.”.

Furthermore, the increase in the percentage of levy (+2%) should not necessarily call into question “the demographic viability of the species” announces the Ministry of Ecological Transition, explaining that it could be revised downwards “if there are indications that wolf populations are declining below good conservation status.”.

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