The animal hit by a car seems to correspond to a wolf. The Loire prefecture communicates: “On the night of May 11 to 12, 2022, a wolf-type canine was accidentally hit by a vehicle on the D51, at the place called “la Rivière” in Saint-Martin-d ‘Estreaux. The staff of the departmental service of the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) took charge of the body of the animal which was the subject of a necropsy and confirmed the collision as the sole cause of death. The individual presents at this stage the physical criteria of a wolf, a genetic confirmation is nevertheless in progress. The conclusions should be made in two months”.
A lone wolf in 2018
There is a precedent for the presence of the wolf in the Loire. After the attack on a sheep, on the night of February 26 to 27, 2018 in Saint-Pierre-de-Bœuf, a solitary animal was identified by the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife (ONCFS), and the departmental louveterie….