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Number of wolves in L’Hérault & P.O are increasing

France 3/Scoop, May 28

According to figures provided by the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife (ONCFS), wolves are continuing to breed in the area.

The number of packs increased from 35 at the end of winter 2015-2016 to 42 one year later (plus permanent presence zones with one animal or a pair), according to a winter monitoring report recently published.

France now has some 360 ​​individual wolves, according to the “Wolf Network”, created by the ONCFS.

In the Alps, the main area of ​​settlement, new packs fill the gaps between the already settled groups. Among the newly affected areas are the sectors of Audibergue (Alpes-Maritimes), Trièves (Isère), Encombres-Belleville (Tarentaise valley), the south of Serre-Ponçon lake, Sainte-Victoire (Bouches- Rhône).

The Massif central counts a fourth zone of permanent presence, and there's a confirmation of a wolf in the Caroux (Hérault). The Pyrenees has three areas where wolves were observed at least three times in winter, two winters in a row, two of which border with Catalonia.

Farmers are uneasy about the wolves, and reports of livestock killings are numerous.

Authorities allow controlled killing of the wolves under certain circumstances.

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