French farmers demand action against wolves killing livestock

Hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron, southern France, on Saturday calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves. The demonstrators gathered more than 3,000 sheep, about a hundred cattle and a few horses in a field to represent the number of animals killed by wolves in France in […]

Wolves may be partly to blame for wildfires raging across southern France – here’s why

Wolves are partly to blame for the wildfires that have raged across the south of France this month, according to the mayor of Artigues, one of the worst hit rural areas. Gabriel Magne said increasing attacks on livestock by wolves had forced farmers to abandon pastures, which quickly turned into bone-dry shrubland, prone to catch fire during […]

Wolves to the slaughter: France approves cull to save sheep

The French government on Thursday gave the green light for the cull of dozens of wolves in mountainous areas where sheep are under sustained attack. Over 8,000 farm animals, mostly sheep, were killed in attacks blamed on wolves in the past year—mainly in the south-east of the country. Farmers say that electric fences and fearsome dogs […]


On the evening of June 5, 2015, Romain Ferrand, then 16, was on his family’s cattle farm in the Maritime Alps in the south of France. Sitting outside, the young man suddenly heard a commotion erupt from the ordinarily tranquil mountain darkness: Cows mooed loudly in the distance, and the dogs began to bark and […]

Village advises drastic measures against wolves

“A village in Aveyron is advising people not to take country walks in the commune and to take special care of children, “because you never know” if wolves might attack. The advice came in a decree from the mayor of Cornus, Christophe Laborie, after a year in which there have been some 26 attacks on […]

Number of wolves in France rising

France’s wolf population has increased, official statistics show.  There are now a recorded 360 wolves in France, up from 292 in 2016, showing an increase of 23%. There are also now 42 wolf packs, up from 35, according to data by the ONCFS, a national agency which monitors the animals. The number of areas where […]

Wolves Invade Paris

“The howling of wolves could soon become a common sound in the countryside around Paris if the animals continue their relentless spread across France, according to wildlife groups who say at least three wolves have set up home near the capital. The discovery last month of two deer carcasses in the sprawling Rambouillet forest, whose […]

Wolves and Sheep Don’t Mix

In France, the country’s sheep farmers and shepherds are dealing with mounting losses from wolves – and unlike an Australian farmer, they can’t protect themselves with a gun or poison. To kill a wolf in France, even one in the middle of mauling sheep, is to earn a jail sentence. Read More:

Should wolves be introduced in Scotland? 

Wolves have been hunted to extinction across much of Europe but it seems where they have been thriving, their growing numbers may be causing problems.In France, the government has defied an EU law by licensing hunters to kill them to protect farmers’ livestock. Source: Should wolves be introduced in Scotland? – BBC News

France Wolf Hunt Update

This report comes to WEI from a resident in France, close to the action: “Very well informed “Pro-wolves” are organizing raids to disturb the hunts in France. “This very morning they have turned up around a friend’s farm. Things are going to turn nasty in France. The farmers are armed … “We have informed the police […]