In the Lot, Wolf are you there? This is what Lot breeders and departmental authorities would like to know. In recent days, several fairly violent sheep attacks have occurred in the heart of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park.
“For the moment, we are facing around twenty attacks over the past 15 days, between the municipalities of Carlucet and Soulomes. It’s about twenty dead animals and as many found injured, ”worries Laurent Magot, the director of the chamber of agriculture. As a precaution, and despite the high temperatures, breeders were asked to return their flocks to the sheepfold in the evening. Others have positioned nocturnal sensors to recover any photos or videos of the beast…
So many elements that can identify the animal, as well as the findings of injuries and other bites and the analyzes following biological samples taken by the Departmental Directorate of Territories (DDT) and the French Office for Biodiversity.
A “Wolf” steering committee meeting tomorrow at the prefecture
According to the Lot prefecture, which will convene a “Wolf” steering committee on Wednesday evening in Cahors, bringing together breeders, the chamber of agriculture and trade unions, these results should be known tomorrow and the mystery thus be lifted.
Stray dog or wolf? That is the whole question! Some evoke a bundle of evidence in favor of the wild and protected animal, while others speak of simple presumption… In this sensitive file, the representatives of the profession and the sheep sector want to be right. “Certainly our territory is close to the departments of Cantal, Corrèze, Dordogne or Aveyron, where the presence of the wolf is proven, but we also and regularly have dog attacks. However, there have already been wolf passages ”, relativizes Alain Lafragette, of the FDSEA.
Initially, many were convinced that it was a stray pet, but in recent days this certainty has faded. And some warn: “If it turns out that there is a wolf in this sheep farming area, we would not want it to stay”.
Identified with a high probability in Molière in 2012, northeast of the Lot; the Sauliac-sur-Célé and Saint-Martin Labouval sector was also panicked in December 2020 when they saw wildly injured and dying animals. Between the two periods, Lot residents had observed signs of its presence, especially in 2017 and 2018. Without any certainty.