French To Drug Sheep To Cope With Wolf Attack Terror

A French national park has announced plans to sedate sheep so they are less terrified during wolf attacks.

They said the sedative would be a pheromone that is sprayed on the flock every fortnight.

The proposal followed a meeting between heads of the Mercantour National Park, located in the French departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, on 14th February.

Credit: Newsflash
Illustrative image of a wolf attacking a ewe

According to a statement, the process is to “limit the panicked movements created by the presence of a wolf”.

After the meeting in February, Jean-Paul Celet, the prefect in charge of wolf policy at the Mercantour National Park, asked for the views of shepherds and breeders before implementing the measure, according to local media.

However, reports said the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) replied two weeks later slamming the idea.

In a statement, they said: “You want to drug our ewes before they are attacked by predators in order to supposedly reduce the difficulties encountered by farmers (including indirect losses due to stress).

“Professionals in the sector said they are ‘stunned’ by this proposal, which they describe as scandalous, and, in their view, ‘disrespects the work of breeders and their values’.”

According to local media, there were 246 reported wolf attacks in the national parks of Ecrins, Mercantour and Vanoise in 2019.

As the parks are protected it is reportedly difficult to control the activities of roaming wolf packs.

Credit: Newsflash
Illustrative image of a ewe dead after a wolf attack

To find out more about the author, editor or agency that supplied this story – please click below.
Story By: Ernest Bio BogoreSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash

The Ananova page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.

Signup to our Newsletter

close

Signup to our Newsletter