French farmers allowed to shoot wolves
The parliament in France agreed with a legislative proposal that allows farmers to shoot wolves in certain regions and under certain conditions, even though wolves are an officially endangered specie in Europe.
The wolf has returned to France since the 90s, especially in the east of the Pyrenees, Massif Central, the Vogezen, the Haute-Marne, and the Aube. There are about 300 of them, and all together they killed 6.000 farm animals in 2013. Last year, 8 wolves have been shot.
Opponents of this approach say that shooting wolves is not going to solve the problem, and that there must be found ways to protect the cattle better, so that the wolves will limit themselves to wild prey. Think of well managed nature reserves, and shepherds or at least specialized shepherd dogs along with the herd.
Proponents, including the minister of agriculture Stéphane Le Foll, claim the new law provides more (legal) options for farmers to protect themselves, and that these plans suit the existing wolf plan for France. According to the legislative proposal, not only shepherds but also farmers will be allowed to shoot wolves when “extensive damage” is detected.
I’m not at all only into the biological aspects of the wolf! On the contrary, I find the spiritual aspect people attribute to the wolf extremely interesting and love reading about it! I myself feel a connection with wolves that I guess could be called “spiritual” in a way. I just like learning about the scientific aspects more :)
I do not know much about Gudrun Pflueger, besides her amazing encounter with a pack of wild wolves and her documentary “A Woman Among Wolves” (2007).
For the people who don’t know; in 2005, Pflueger was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and she credits wolves with helping inspire her recovery: “I really believe the encounter with the wolves in the wilderness was a powerful medication. They gave me strength." This must be the "spiritual" aspect she (and you) is talking about, and what I find rather interesting is that this to me sounds like something that is actually pure scientifically. Obviously she feels a strong connection with wolves, and she explained their characteristics inspire her. I think when she said the wolves gave her strength, she did not meant that in such a spiritual way as it sounds. Being around wild wolves must have been an incredible experience for her, and we must not underestimate what such experiences can do to us both mentally ánd physically.
Also, I believe her scientific work is kept separately from her “spiritual” views on wolves, so for me there’s nothing not to like :)
Thank you for this super sweet “wolves in Poland”-update! That definitely is great news! Here in The Netherlands, it will only be a matter of time before the first wild wolf will settle again after more then 150 years of absence. If they finally return, I will tell them you said “hi” ^^
Pack of wolves escaped… right into the polar bear enclosure
A pack of 5 Gray wolves (Canis lupus) at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg managed to dig a tunnel straight into the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) enclosure. Whoops.
Luckily for all carnivores involved, the wolves simply walked around the bear enclosure while the two female polar bears couldn’t even be bothered to wake from their slumber. Zoo staff discovered the predator party the following morning.
CTV News reports that after the wolves were separated from the bears, all animals were removed from their respective enclosures so that zoo workers could seal the tunnel. The animals are now back in their proper places, and the new Journey to Churchill exhibit is once again open for public viewing. Zoo officials have promised that the wolves aren’t actually capable of tunneling out of the exhibit into human-inhabited parts of the zoo.
No word on what the wolves have planned for their next caper.
Whoa really? ♥