VIDEO. The problem of the wolf in the Tarn: the call for help from breeders and professionals in the sheep sector

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A working meeting on the problem of the wolf in the Tarn was organized this Thursday, April 19 in Saint-Amans-Soult, at a place called Les Estrabauts-Hauts at Cédric Carme, sheep breeder. Breeder who suffered the full brunt of a wolf attack last November. Around the table, the president of the department Christophe Ramond as well as representatives of the FDO 81, the Maison de l’Élevage and the FDSEA discussed and tried to find solutions in the face of the increasing attacks.

Since November 29, 2021, his 45 sheep have been cloistered in a 400 m2 shed, with little or no daylight. “I know he will come back… I think about it mornings, noons and evenings. And even at night…”, says Cédric Carme, this breeder from Saint-Amans-Soult (a place called Les Estrabauts-Hauts ), a town located at the gates of Mazamet in the Tarn, which that day lost 9 ewes following a proven attack by the wolf. “Since then, it’s been very complicated and I’m very scared above all”, explains this breeder who recently invested in an anti-wolf portal so that his animals have a little more light and are less stressed.

“But he comes to the gate to sniff… So we try to live in these conditions and protect ourselves as best we can, but it’s not tenable. Me, my job is to be a sheep breeder full air, sheep that should be outside but today, I can’t take them out because they will be eaten tomorrow. That’s for sure. And I don’t raise these little lambs by giving them the bottle at 4 o’clock in the morning to let them be devoured in the meadow a few hours later”, adds Cédric Carme, who received this Tuesday, April 19, on his farm in the middle of his animals, the president of the department Christophe Ramond, the representatives of the Departmental Federation sheep (FDO 81), the Maison de l’Elevage and the FDSEA. A meeting somewhat organized in an emergency following the recent attacks recorded in recent days in the Tarn and in particular in the sector of Labrespy.

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A working meeting around the president of the department, Christophe Ramond, made it possible to take stock of the problem of the wolf currently being hit hard by breeders.

A working meeting around the president of the department, Christophe Ramond, made it possible to take stock of the problem of the wolf currently being hit hard by breeders.
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All met to exchange and make an inventory of the predation of the wolf, more than ever present on the territory. “The damage is increasing. We were at 31 attacks in 2021 and there we are already at more than twenty since the start of 2022. The Thoré valley is the most predated area in Occitania. It is very worrying especially when we know that some of our breeders, including four in the sector, have chosen to stop”, explains Christophe Ramond, who came to support the sector and “remind the State services of the need to to respond to this problem. Procedures should be streamlined to obtain simple and reinforced defensive shots as well as the intervention of the wolf brigade. And then I think it is time to speed up the compensation of breeders. We at the level of the department, the objective is to work hand in hand with the profession, but I would like to remind you that the department does not have to replace the State and the planned aid. But that does not prevent us from help breeders and I am thinking in particular of the purchase of camera traps”, aj out of Christophe Ramond.

“The state must take its responsibilities”

“The breeders are in great distress… What to do, how and with whom? That is what is complicated and I hope that this departmental support will make things move forward. It is a long, difficult and lost fight advance. It’s unfortunate to say that but it’s true. The wolves are more and more numerous and we will not stop them. And it is this pressure that makes the breeders let go”, confides Jérômes Redoulès, president of the FDO 81. “And it is not up to them to pay this weight and to pay the price for the reintroduction of the wolf! There is an economic but also and above all moral impact which is suffered by the breeders. And this is unacceptable. The State must take its responsibilities”, adds vigorously for his part Cédric Vaute, cattle breeder and FDSEA delegate of the territory.

At least two wolves in the Montagne Noire sector

Although wolf attacks and their consequences are recorded, it is still difficult to know the exact number of these predators currently present in the territory. A wolf would be present on the Carroux massif and another on the Somail sector (Anglès). According to the Tarn prefecture, the last camera trap survey carried out on the Montagne Noire massif by the Aude wolf network detected a male wolf with generalized alopecia areata on the body (camera trapping last March 10 in Castans). “This characteristic makes it possible to differentiate this individual from other photographs of a wolf taken in the sector. These images therefore attest that at least two wolves frequented the Montagne Noire sector during the winter. Biological samples collected at proximity are being processed and the next camera trap readings will allow the situation to be monitored. In addition, two male wolves have been genetically identified in the border area with Hérault, in the south-east of the department.”, specifies the Tarn prefecture.

The OFB therefore estimates the wolf population in the department to be three individuals: one individual on the Caroux between Tarn and Hérault, and two individuals in the Montagne Noire in a sector including the Tarn, Hérault and Aude.

Consequently, the prefect of Tarn extended the area classified as circle 2 for the second time in 3 months (prefectural decrees of 01/02/22 and 31/03/22), bringing the number of municipalities concerned to 32. This ranking reflects the level of predation in the sector and entitles you to aid for the installation of electrified fences. Finally, the prefect will visit a sheep farm on May 6 to show his support for the sector and discuss with the profession their difficulties and possible solutions.

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