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From The Telegraph in the UK:

A grey wolf has been sighted near the border between Charente and Dordogne in southwestern France – the first seen in the area for almost a century as the once-extinct predator continues to spread around the country.

The beast was spotted and filmed by a local woman, Marine Varraniac-François, 28, on Monday morning as she was driving home after dropping off her son with his childminder in the village of Gurat.

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From phys.org:

As the sun sets over the southern French Alps on a cool evening in early June, a flock of sheep huddle in an enclosure at an altitude of 1,500 metres.

Next to them, two khaki-clad watchmen settle down for the night in the Mercantour National Park on the border with Italy, equipped with thermal-vision cameras, warm jackets and a rifle with a night-vision scope.

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From AFP and news.yahoo.com:

Paris (AFP) – Wolf populations in the wild jumped in France last year, a faster-than-expected increase that will prompt the government to increase hunting quotas and take other measures to protect livestock herds, officials said Friday.

The ONCFS hunting and wildlife agency said on-the-ground tracking and mathematical modelling had determined 479 to 578 adult wolves on French territory during this year’s winter count, or an average of 530.

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From FieldSportsChannel.tv:

French farmers blame wolf attacks for the deaths of a more than 50 sheep and goats in a single night. The attack took place in Avançon, in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. The following morning, the farmer affected reported eight ewes, 21 lambs and four kids killed, with 10 kids and 16 lambs missing.

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From The Connexion:

The wolf population in France is “exploding rapidly”, amid an ongoing plan to boost numbers to 500 by 2023 – despite angry opposition from sheep farmers.

recent census by wildlife agency l’Office National de la Chasse et la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS) counted 430 wolves across the country, with a number of areas showing permanent growth in population.

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From the Christian Science Monitor:

An icy rain whips through Benoît Gille’s wild gray hair as he rounds up his herd of 400 sheep with his wife, Ghislaine. Mud clinging to their boots, the couple pour hay into several troughs in fields tucked among the rolling green hills of the Vosges region in eastern France.

It’s a picturesque, peaceful country scene – for now. But the threat of a wolf attack is always looming. Despite protective fencing and seven guard dogs, the Gilles have lost more than 60 sheep to wolf attacks in the last year, causing intense emotional and financial strain that has almost broken them.

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From Ozy.com:

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 growl ferociously. Romain called his brother, Benjamin, and the two set out into the night armed with flashlights and their father’s hunting knife and rifle.

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