A pack of wolves detected… at the gates of Marseille

The doubt is now removed. It is indeed one or more wolves that attacked a herd of goats last weekend, maiming and killing 12 grazing animals. This attack occurred in the town of La Penne-sur-Huveaune, at the gates of Marseille. If the presence of wolves had been reported for several months in the Calanques National Park, this is the first time that an attack has taken place so close to the Marseille city, and only 300 m from the village of La Penne.

Herd owners will be compensated

“Two authorized agents from the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) carried out the finding of damage to the herd in the presence of the owner, on September 26”, indicates the prefecture of Bouches-du-Rhône. “The conclusion of the Departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea (DDTM), after examination of the 12 victims, leads to the responsibility of one or more wolves because of the parts consumed, their mode of consumption and the characteristics of perforations on the neck. As a result, the owner of the herd will be compensated. This compensation varies according to the age of the animal, especially if the killed goat was a milk producer.

A couple of wolves had been filmed the day after the attack using a thermal camera near the herd’s grazing site. Hunters had also reported its presence in the massif for several months and small traces would suggest the presence of wolf cubs. Breeders are invited to bring in their animals at nightfall.

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