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the wolf and his friends
      #298681 - 08/04/17 05:31 AM

only a quick google translation to get an overview what happen there:

"Arriondas (parres), cristina corte 25.02.2017 | 05:53
Two dead wolves found in Arriondas

The Day Care Center collected yesterday the bodies of two wolves that were abandoned in the parking lot of a supermarket in Arriondas. There are already three dead wolves that appeared this month in the area, because last February 8 a girl found another specimen thrown on the road of Cañu, Cangas de Onis, when she returned from high school. The bodies of the three wolves had shot impacts.

The wolves of Arriondas were discovered yesterday, first thing in the morning, by two neighbors of the area who, on their way to work, noticed the presence of a blood trail that took them to the animals. The bodies appeared under a black SUV parked in the parking lot under the train tracks, between Constitución Avenue and Ramón del Valle Street. The wolves were hooked with a cable to the ball of the SUV trailer.

The members of the nursery of the Principality moved the bodies to dependencies of the Ministry of Rural Development and Natural Resources to perform the necropsy that will determine the cause of his death in the coming days. The Ministry condemned this type of "illegal" actions and stressed that the Principality is the only body with authority to control the population of wolves by means of a plan of beating. The administration also warned that these facts damage the image of Asturias.

For its part, the Coordinadora Ecoloxista d'Asturies demanded the Principality to bring down "all the weight of the law on the stealthy who run wide at Asturias killing uncontrolled wolves." The group lamented that, after years of denunciations, none of the culprits were found, which "gives wings to some groups to continue with poaching." Ecologists emphasized that the wolf is not a game species in Asturias and that the National Park of the Picos de Europa is the only natural area of ​​the country with this range of protection that has this animal, "so it surprises the persecution of this Singular species, of which the Principality has been killing, through its nursery, dozens of copies ".

The deaths of these wolves are not an isolated fact: in June 2016, two policemen from Cangas de Onís found at dawn two heads hung from the "Roman" bridge and in November a mutilated specimen appeared on a car of the Rural Day Care Center in El Portazgu, at the entrance of Arriondas."

"arriondas (parres), cristina corte 25.02.2017 | 05:53
Encuentran dos lobos muertos en Arriondas

La Guardería de Medio Natural recogió ayer los cadáveres de dos lobos que fueron abandonados en el aparcamiento de un supermercado de Arriondas. Ya son tres los lobos muertos aparecidos este mes en la zona, pues el pasado 8 de febrero una niña encontró otro ejemplar tirado en la carretera de Cañu, en Cangas de Onís, cuando regresaba del instituto. Los cuerpos de los tres lobos presentaban impactos de disparos.

Los lobos de Arriondas fueron descubiertos ayer, a primera hora de la mañana, por dos vecinos de la zona que, de camino al trabajo, se percataron de la presencia de un reguero de sangre que los llevó hasta los animales. Los cadáveres aparecieron debajo de un vehículo todoterreno negro estacionado en el aparcamiento ubicado en el paso bajo las vías del tren, entre la avenida de la Constitución y la calle Ramón del Valle. Los lobos se encontraban enganchados con un cable a la bola del remolque del todoterreno.

Los miembros de la guardería del Principado trasladaron los cuerpos a dependencias de la Consejería de Desarrollo Rural y Recursos Naturales para realizarles la necropsia que determinará la causa de su muerte en los próximos días. La Consejería condenó este tipo de actuaciones "ilegales" y subrayó que el Principado es el único organismo con potestad para controlar la población de lobos por medio de un plan de batidas. La administración advirtió, además, de que estos hechos perjudican la imagen de Asturias.

Por su parte, la Coordinadora Ecoloxista d'Asturies exigió al Principado que haga caer "todo el peso de la ley sobre los furtivos que campan a sus anchas por Asturias matando lobos sin control". El colectivo lamentó que, tras años de denuncias, no se haya encontrado a ninguno de los culpables, lo que "da alas a algunos colectivos para seguir con el furtivismo". Los ecologistas enfatizaron que el lobo no es una especie cinegética en Asturias y que el Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa es el único espacio natural del país con este rango de protección que cuenta con este animal, "por lo que sorprende la persecución de esta especie singular, de la que el Principado viene matando, a través de su guardería, decenas de ejemplares".

Las muertes de estos lobos no son un hecho aislado: en junio de 2016 dos policías de Cangas de Onís encontraron de madrugada dos cabezas colgadas del puente "romano" y en noviembre apareció un ejemplar mutilado sobre un coche de la Guardería de Medio Rural en El Portazgu, a la entrada de Arriondas. "

other countrys have similar problems

"talian farmers kill wolves and anonymously dump them in piazzas and along roads in silent protest against livestock deaths

By Nick Squires, Rome

7:30PM GMT 14 Jan 2014

Farmers in Italy have taken the law into their own hands in response to a boom in the number of wolves roaming the country, illegally shooting the predators and dumping them in towns and villages as a public reprisal for the death of livestock.

The wolf was pushed to the verge of extinction in Italy by the 1970s, when the population dipped to just 100 individuals, but since then a ban on shooting, trapping and poisoning has achieved spectacular success, with numbers now estimated at around 1,000.

The population is concentrated in the Alps and along the Apennines, the rugged spine of mountains which runs down the peninsula.

The barbaric backlash against the revival of the species has been particularly pronounced in Tuscany, where at least eight wolves have been illegally shot in the last two months.

Another apparently strangled to death after being caught in an illegal snare.

Many of the carcasses were dumped prominently in villages or by roadsides as part of an anonymous protest by farmers against what they regard as a grave threat to their flocks.

One wolf was left in a piazza in the village of Scansano, in the Maremma region of Tuscany, a coastal area famed for its white cattle, marshes and Etruscan ruins.

A second body was found dumped in the village of Manciano, also in southern Tuscany, while the corpse of a two-year-old female wolf which had been shot dead was left by the side of a road leading to the town of Saturnia in the same region a few days before Christmas.

“The message was clear — we can stand this no longer. The wolves are slaughtering our sheep, so we’re slaughtering the wolves,” commented one Italian daily, lending a sinister Mafia-style note to the story and fuelling anti-wolf fever.

Farmers say they are having their livelihoods ruined by regular wolf raids.

“Wolves attacked my animals three times just in December,” said Franco Mattei, a sheep farmer. “The first time, I came across a sheep which had been disembowelled. Another two had just disappeared. On the third occasion I killed the wolf — it was the day before New Year’s Eve,” he said.

“When sheep are attacked they are blinded with fear and run off, sometimes falling into ravines or ditches.” Farmers can apply for government funds to erect electric fences around their flocks, but these have only limited success against a predator as determined and intelligent as the wolf.

“Farmers who find their sheep fold devastated want an immediate response.

And if that response is not forthcoming, then they take the law into their own hands,” said Enzo Rossi, an agricultural official in the province of Grosseto in Tuscany.

The killing of wolves by farmers has been strongly condemned by environmental groups.

“The discovery of these carcasses should seriously concern all those tasked with managing and protecting the wildlife heritage of our country,” said Dante Caserta, from the Italian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The wolf was protected by European Union and Italian legislation and by killing them, landowners had show “contempt” for the law, he said.

Conservationists believe that many of the sheep and other livestock being killed are in fact the victims of feral dogs or wolf half-breeds, rather than full-blood wolves.

Farmers who lose livestock to wolves can apply for compensation from the government, with the price of a sheep set at between 150 and 180 euros, depending on its age.

But landowners complain that it often takes five or six months for the payments to be made.

Coldiretti, a national organisation representing farmers, said that the return of the wolf and other large mammals such as the brown bear, was a welcome development but that farmers needed prompt and adequate compensation.

“It shouldn’t be just farmers who pay the price of predators living together with domestic livestock,” said the organisation’s Stefano Masini.

Aside from the ban on hunting and poisoning, the return of the wolf in Italy has been helped by the depopulation of the countryside, leaving vast tracts of hill country to return to scrub and forest, and the consequent increase in prey species like wild boar and deer.

Wolves in Italy are now spreading across the border into France, where they have caused a similar outcry among farmers.

Across Europe, the wolf population quadrupled between 1970 and 2005, according to a study released in September by Rewilding Europe, a conservation organisation which wants to return a million hectares of land to its natural state and bring back some of the continent’s most emblematic species."

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Re: the wolf and his friends [Re: lancaster]
      #298748 - 08/04/17 06:23 PM

Wolves were extinct in France in the early 20th century. They came back from Italy in the 80's and settled well in national parks in Southern French Alps, where they heavily preyed on abundant mouflons which numbers dwindled quickly. Convervationists and the Environment Ministry in France assess now the number of wolves in the country to average 300/400. Small packs are now strongly established in most eastern and central France, and individuals have been spotted as far as the Pyrenean mountains to the south-west, large forests in the Paris area, as well as in the Moselle region to the north east. They most probably thrive on roe deer and wild boar, however don't neglect from time to time feeding on cattle or slaughter large numbers of sheep.

Wolves are fully protected in France however because of farmers pressure some annual culling - but only by Government Agents, was authorized some years ago; last year's tag was of around 30/40.

Recently an important decision was made, authorizing farmers/shepherds to shot wolves seen wandering around their cattle/sheep.

I have no doubt that any sensible French hunter spotting a wolf while hunting other quarries would also make the right decision!


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Re: the wolf and his friends [Re: Louis]
      #298754 - 08/04/17 07:20 PM

moufflon is allways the first gone, seems sheeps of all kind are not able to handle the wolf problem other than going into the mountains.

thanks for anyone who make the right decision

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