Faced with the resurgence of wolf attacks, the response is organized in the Tarn

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While wolf attacks are increasing in the Tarn, 32 since the start of 2022, including a potential one a few days ago on the Ouessant sheep of former weather journalist Laurent Cabrol near Mazamet, the State has accelerated the fight against the proliferation of this predator.

Laurent Cabrol’s sheep case has created a stir. But above all, it highlights the numerous wolf attacks recorded since the end of 2021. Attacks which, according to figures from the Tarn prefecture, have tended to decrease for a few months, but which still poison the lives and daily lives of Tarn breeders desperate to see their animals threatened.

As a reminder, this Thursday, August 4, in our columns, we told you the tragic story of the Ouessant sheep of the former weather journalist Laurent Cabrol. Sheep he had given to a resident of the hamlet of Les Rousses, near Mazamet. But for several months, some had mysteriously disappeared, until we discovered last week, recent carcasses of two sheep but also older remains.

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If the inhabitant of the hamlet as well as Laurent Cabrol are convinced that their animals have been victims of wolf attacks, the Tarn prefecture and in particular the services of the OFB, do not want to confirm anything. “In view of what was left of the carcasses of sheep, killed for several days or even weeks, it was impossible to confirm 100% that the wolf was responsible for these incidents”, explained the prefect of Tarn, Francois-Xavier Lauch.

Fewer wolf attacks recorded

Despite everything, the representative of the State said he was very “affected” by the situation. “I am sorry for Mr. Cabrol who had raised these animals with his hand. And I fully understand that the emotional and patrimonial side is important in this affair, confided François-Xavier Lauch. We hear his anger and that of the breeders and I affirms that the state is not standing idly by in the face of the upsurge in wolf attacks.”

Since the beginning of 2022, 26 wolf attacks have been recorded on the Tarn, 16 of which concern damage classified as “wolf not removed” and ohas been compensated. In recent weeks, the number of attacks has largely slowed since on August 4, 32 reports were made, including 18 “wolf not dismissed”. “I do not draw any conclusions from this strong slowdown because we know that in the department, in the three very specific sectors of Somail, Caroux and the Black Mountain, we have three male wolves who walk and go between the Tarn, the Hérault and Aude. But with the actors of the subject, we have advanced in several directions”, affirmed the prefect.

Compensation, protection of herds, camera traps… Big boost from the State

Regarding the delay in the compensation deadlines for the breeders attacked, the prefecture asked the Departmental Directorate of Territories (DDT) to put more resources in place to respond more quickly to requests. To date, all compensation files for 2021 have been settled. And next September, a DDT agent will be specially assigned to the management of these requests.

To better support breeders in the protection of their herds, nearly 93,000 euros have been released by the State, “which made it possible to buy this year, 19 Patous guard dogs and 8 purchases of fences”, specified the prefect of the Tarn. And with the support of the Departmental Council, 40,000 euros have been released, including 16,000 euros to allow breeders to equip themselves with camera traps and 14,000 euros to help the Maison de l’Élevage, which helps breeders complete their files. to obtain funding. Finally, concerning defensive shots, other breeders, via a prefectural decree, now have the authorization to carry out these shots. In total, out of 24 requests, 21 were accepted. Last May, only 11 breeders had obtained this authorization.

When a breeder or an individual is confronted with a potential wolf attack, he must immediately call the OFB. “Because beyond 72 hours, we can no longer know if it’s a wolf or not”, recalled the Prefect of Tarn.

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