Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wolf hunters deployed to French Alps

By Claire Marshall
BBC Environment Correspondent

13 October 2015 

A team of wolf hunters is operating in a region of the French Alps to kill wolves that are seen as a threat to livestock.

The teams were supplied by the state after pressure from shepherds and farmers.

In defiance of EU law, the French government has also relaxed the hunting rules to help farmers defend stocks.

However conservationists argue that wolves are vital to ensuring a proper balance in nature.

In addition, the owner of an estate in the Scottish Highlands has said he is pressing ahead with his plan to create a fenced-in South African-style game reserve as a means of reintroducing the extinct species to the UK.

There were four days of protests in the region after a summer of increasing numbers of wolf attacks on sheep. The disgruntled farmers also briefly kidnapped the head of a national park in the Alps.

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