One year ago, a wolf had been observed by four different witnesses in the south of Charente-Maritime. No one knows where this lone scout came from, or where he went. This Monday, one or more wolves again pointed the muzzle in the department, since sheep were attacked there, this Monday, in the town of Saint-Saturnin-des-Bois.
However, it turns out that three wolves did indeed escape last Friday from the refuge “Le Sanctuaire des Loups”, located in Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan in Deux-Sèvres, about twenty kilometers from the site of the attack.
The prefects of Charente-Maritime and Deux-Sèvres, as well as the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) have issued a press release to explain the situation.
Since Friday, “significant means of surveillance and capture have been put in place around the breeding (trap cages, cameras). Signs noted indicate the presence of wolves near the park. ‘access to the area is taken so as not to interfere with the current capture operation and in order to calm the animals. “
This Monday, the results from the first surveys carried out on the ewes killed in Saint-Saturnin-des-Bois, “confirm predation by a large canine (…) Testimonies on site as well as photographs confirm the presence of a wolf at the scene. “
The OFB and the two prefectures recall that “the wolf is a protected species, whether it is a wild specimen or an animal of captive origin.”
Numbers to collect testimonials
For Charente-Maritime, all reports must be made to the French Biodiversity Office 17 at the following number: 05 46 74 95 20
For Deux-Sèvres, all reports must be made to the French Biodiversity Office 79 at the following number: 05 49 25 02 47