Wolf Hunting Techniques/Depredation

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Wolves chasing prey over cliffs ..

2 recent massacres in France bring this hunting technique to mind ..
.. wild ungulates driven by wolves or cattle and sheep harassed until they break their electric fences and flee; pursued towards a cliff.

* 70 cows chased by wolves .. 18 jump off a cliff
http://www.francebleu.fr/infos/haute-savoie-deux-nouvelles-attaques-de-loup-1631721

* 53 sheep victims to wolves in the Mercantour National Park, some of which jumped from a rock face.
http://www.coordinationrurale.fr/une-nouvelle-attaque-du-loup-dans-les-alpes-maritimes.html

Over a hundred sheep killed in November 2013(photo below)
http://www.dici.fr/actu/2013/11/06/attaque-de-loup-les-premieres-images-du-charnier-de-prunieres

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and here over 200 … put into bags ready to be lifted by helicopters

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This is a well known wolves’ hunting tactic depicted by the highly respected and internationally known authority on wolves – professor Dr. Bibikov.

Excerpt from “The Wolf” Professor Dr. Bibikov. Published by Nauka publishers Moscow 1985.

Page 501 “Driving prey over a cliff – one of the most widespread methods of wolves hunting in the Caucasus.”

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This is not uncommon on livestock in France and is known in the US.
A spectacular pile up occurred in Idaho in 2013 where 176 sheep perished.
http://www.tsln.com/news/7817168-113/sheep-wolves-siddoway-idaho

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This is not to be confused with another hunting phenomenon called “surplus killing”.

120 adult male sheep in Montana 2009; 111 in 2008
http://missoulian.com/news/local/wolves-kill-sheep-at-ranch-near-dillon/article_5ff01772-938f-11de-9aca-001cc4c03286.html

Over 80 sheep killed in France, June 2014, strewn among the woods, taking over a fortnight to count.
Here, 75 were already totaled: http://www.confederationpaysanne.fr/rp_article.php?id=2631

Below Photographs:
First – Sheep lifted by helicopter after being pursued by wolves over the side of a ravine.

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Second Photo: Sheep piled up after being pushed over a rock face.
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