breeders lay a dead cow in front of the prefecture to denounce the attacks of wolves

This Thursday, July 7, breeders gathered in front of the Haute-Savoie prefecture to denounce the wolf attacks on their herds. Symbolically, they deposited the corpse of a cow killed by a canine to ask for the regulation of the species.

This is the reality in our mountain pastures today“, indignant Bernard Mogenet, president of the FDSEA of Savoie, pointing to the body of a heifer lying on the road.

In the middle of the morning, around 150 breeders gathered in front of the Haute-Savoie prefecture to lay the body of a cow, killed by a wolf. “We come to bring the carcass to the State so that it manages with it“, continues the trade unionist.

The animal belonged to a herd which was in the pastures on the heights of Fillière, and which was attacked at the beginning of the week. Following her injuries, she had to be euthanized. Two other animals were injured.

Other breeders in the same area have also noticed the presence of the wolf in recent days. They denounce repeated attacks and the number of victims which multiplies, not only in the herds of sheep but also within the herds of cattle.

Some even witnessed the attacks firsthand. On its Facebook page, the agricultural group (Gaec) of Bougy, published a video on July 5 showing two wolves encircling a herd.

Since the attack on Fillière, wolf cubs have been authorized to carry out defensive fire. But this decision came too late for Bernard Mogenet: “What is absurd is that today, you need an attack of this type to have a defensive shot. The wolf, they (the owners, editor’s note) saw him attack and they couldn’t do anything, do you think that’s normal? You have to protect yourself and be able to shoot as soon as you see an attack. Today, this defensive fire must be implemented effectively with night sighting means”.

In Haute-Savoie, the situation is such that some breeders in the Bornes massif have decided to bring their herds down to the plains until the wolf is eradicated. For them, the survival of pastoralism is at stake.

According to the DREAL Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 3 093 farm animals were killed by canines in 2020 in the three departments of the Alps.

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