A wolf "
with atypical behavior
", capable of attacking cattle and even entering directly into livestock buildings, was shot after more than 20 fatal attacks, on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in the town du Val d'Ajol (Vosges), AFP learned from prefectural sources.
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This animal "
was the subject of a lethal shot within the strict regulatory framework
", indicated the prefectures of Vosges and Haute-Saône in a joint press release.
The wolf was killed by a louveterie lieutenant while attacking a herd of dairy cows, said a source familiar with the matter.
This animal, with atypical behavior - attacks on cattle, including those carried out in livestock buildings - is at the origin of a particularly high number of attacks over these few weeks
", it was pointed out.
Since August 11, he has carried out "
22 attacks, having led to the death of 20 sheep and 16 young cattle
", mainly in the area of Fougerolles (Haute-Saône) and Val d'Ajol (Vosges), specified the prefectures.
Despite the organization of the breeders to defend their herds and the intervention of the lieutenants of the louveterie on the scare shots, the attacks continued.
The prefect of Haute-Saône and the prefect of Vosges had consequently taken departmental decrees to authorize breeders to carry out simple defensive shots in order to protect their herds against predation by wolves.