The fear of man
Yet France, unlike other European countries, has managed over the past two years not to reduce but to stagnate predation on livestock. Partly at least “thanks” to the legal wolf shots but also “the illegal participation of shepherds, hunters“, according to the shepherd Sylvain Rigeade. According to the estimates of a recent study, they would kill nearly a hundred more. jeopardizing the very survival of the wolf in the long term in the country: “There is nowhere where it goes well with the wolfdefends Michel Meuret, researcher at INRAE, the French national public research institute working for a coherent and sustainable development of agriculture, food and the environment.t. We have looked in many countries as far as Central Asia, cohabitation is always conflictual“Italy is however often cited as an example…”Yes, if you consider that it goes well when 200 to 300 wolves are poached each year. The countries where things are going better are those where the wolf has never disappeared. So men and wolves have always lived together. And the wolf knows that if he insists despite all the warnings, things will happen to him.“, specifies Michel Meuret, mimicking the gestures of a rifle being reloaded.
Today, many wolf-friendly people have moved on. Jean-Marc Landry too. Faced with the difficulties and growing rejection of his “pro wolf” approach by breeders, a form of pragmatism prevailed. No quality agriculture without sometimes drastic measures: “If we want Nature AND farmers, we need a commitment from the whole Society. You have to put your hand in your wallet and commit to supporting breeders. That’s what cohabitation is… The breeder also makes efforts to protect himself, accepts a certain amount of predation from some of his sheep. And on the other hand, it also means that when there are wolves messing around… We shoot them“.
The history of the wolf in Wallonia has barely started. In more experienced countries, the issue of regulation comes up like waves on the coast. The European Union would have 13,000 wolves. Moreover, an initiative of the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament calls for a review of the protection status of the wolf in several regions. It has little chance of succeeding but undoubtedly plays the role of the first stone of an evolution several years from now. So yes, without taking too many risks, Wallonia will, one day, limit its wolf population, but not for a while.