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Wolves win latest legal battle

France 3/Scoop, Aug 23

Nîmes judge rejects efforts by farmers to force tighter control on wolves in the Lozère.

On Wednesday, the judge of the Nîmes administrative court of rendered his judgment concerning the measures of protection against wolf attacks in Lozère.

The national federation for the defence of pastoralism had claimed that the unusual presence of a Baltic wolf in Margeride justified suspension of the Berne convention [dealing with wolf protection in the area].

According to the breeders, two wolves had escaped from the Gévaudan animal park in 2016, following an act of malevolence.
Urgency not proven

The judge declared that the breeders request actually impeded an order made by the prefecture on May 31, 2018, which implemented measures to prevent attacks of large predators on domestic herds.  The breeders assert that these measures are inadequate.

The breeders had also asked that documents relating to the Gévaudan animal park be released to them. The judge found that the urgent nature of the petition was not proven.

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