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France to allow wolf population to grow

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The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks.

A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023.

Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy—currently home to around 2,000 wolves—before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-france-wolf-farmers-anger.html

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Brandy333

Well actually I'm glad to hear they want the wolf population to grow, as they are an essential element to help keep prey stock in check and healthy.   If sheep farmers are concerned then they need to keep livestock guardian (LVG) dogs in with their herds to protect them.   I kept one in with my goats and my loses were very minimal, next to none.

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