Spanish farmers fear that new protections for wolves will lead to livestock deaths


Farmers groups in Spain have condemned the government’s move to declare the Iberian wolf a protected species, saying that a nationwide hunting ban would lead to more attacks on livestock.

In a nation already used to passionate debate over bull-fighting, the Environment Ministry ruled on 4 February that protections for wolves in the south would extend north of the Douro river, where controlled hunting had still been allowed.

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