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French wolf catcher: 'There will always be attacks'

The grey wolf, hunted almost to extinction in France in the 1930s but protected as an endangered species, is making a surprising comeback.

Some 200 wolves have colonised the southern regions of France, divided into about 20 packs. They are believed to have crossed from Italy in the mid-1990s and they are moving ever further north.

This year there have been almost 600 attacks, in which more than 2,000 sheep have been killed.

Rémy Saunier, chief wolf catcher of the Hautes Alpes has several teams who are keeping guard on the mountains at night.

His teams are hunting one wolf that forced 60 sheep into a mountain ravine. The local prefect has granted a hunting licence.

He told the BBC's Christian Fraser that they "have tried to scare it with lights and noise but it returns".

  • 06 Sep 2011
  • From the section Europe
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