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Wolf makes a comeback in France
BBC News ^ | 6 September 2011 | Christian Fraser

Posted on 09/06/2011 7:07:51 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

The recolonising wolves are are believed to have crossed into France from Italy in the 1990s

In the summer months high on the French Alps the sheep graze on rich pastures.

In the Hautes Alpes, they are currently feeding beneath ski lifts on slopes that will soon be covered by a thick layer of snow.

But this year the freedom to roam has been curtailed. Somewhere in the dark, dense forests a grey wolf is on the prowl.

The wolf was hunted almost to extinction in France in the 1930s but, protected as an endangered species, it 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.

Lionel Serres has 250 sheep on the mountainside this summer. Each night he pens them in behind electric fences. But the wolf is a cunning predator and so far it has killed 17 of his ewes, while 10 more are missing.

Sheep spooked

On the day we met, he was busy trying to recover an ewe that had been grabbed by a wolf around the neck. Its fleece was matted, thick with blood.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: wolves

This ewe has been grabbed by the neck

1 posted on 09/06/2011 7:07:53 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican
Moving the government to Vichy would put them closer to the wolves, so that option is out.
2 posted on 09/06/2011 7:11:34 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Due to the earthquake the president has officially implemented Rule 18-1.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Wolves in France? Must be some of Navarre's relatives.



The wolf who...loves her...
3 posted on 09/06/2011 7:13:53 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

And I thought this was an article about DSK’s return to France on Sunday!


4 posted on 09/06/2011 7:17:47 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: MinorityRepublican
If they get through the Chunnel, we could have trouble in London.

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money.

5 posted on 09/06/2011 7:22:04 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ClearCase_guy; All

Do a search on the Wolves of Paris. 1450. They dominated the city, for a time.


6 posted on 09/06/2011 7:40:45 PM PDT by TwoSwords (Has anyone seen my suspension of disbelief pills?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The wolves should only be bound only by wolf law. French poodles should be encouraged to mate with the wolves to encourage assimilation and diversity among Frances canine population.


7 posted on 09/06/2011 7:42:32 PM PDT by BUGSWOL (No one was ever burned at the stake for saying the Earth was flat)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Summertime and the pickings are easy.


8 posted on 09/06/2011 8:54:20 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The “Wolves of Paris” are making a comeback.


9 posted on 09/06/2011 8:57:17 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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To: MinorityRepublican

There are dogs that have been bred for this problem- http://www.kangalclub.com/gallery/


10 posted on 09/06/2011 10:51:26 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Keep talking, fundraising, shooting hoops, playing golf, and taking vacations MOFO. Great job!)
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