Is the wolf the source of the new attacks on the sheep in Yonne?

It’s been almost a year since the wolf was mentioned, in Yonne. In 2021, its presence is not excluded on the Jully side of the Orienne coast border, Saint-Martin-sur-Armançon near Tonnerre, Provency in Avallonnais and even in Toucy, in Puisaye. In these territories, 13 ewes were found dead during spring and summer.

“There have been new attacks this year,” assures Laurence Godin, a sheep herder in Mélisey, who fell victim to the wolf in 2018. In the Vault-de-Lugny, Noyers-sur-Serein, then the wolf itself. identified as Annay-sur-Serein, between May 31 and July 8. On the morning of Saturday June 18, 2022, Nicolas Carbognani, a breeder in the process of setting up in Noyers-sur-Serein, will arrive. see your band. “I saw a dead sheep, bitten in the neck and dissected in the stomach,” he said. “And the herd wasn’t in the park,” he continued. Further down, I found three other dead animals.

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At least five sheep are dead, two are missing

The following Wednesday, the breeder, the owner of 85 sheep, made another macabre discovery. “A sheep with a crushed windpipe.” Two other animals, missing, have never been found. In the process, Nicolas Carbognani recruits a dog, herdsman, and installs a photo trap. A new bloodbath can be avoided. “On Monday, June 27, the dog was inside the pack and chased the wolf.” The image of the large canine is currently being analyzed.

But at this stage, “the presence of wolves is completely unproven in Yonne by 2022,” said Guillaume Saingery, Yonne’s head of service, at France’s Office of Biodiversity (OFB) . “Observations about our services were made for some of these attacks,” he continued, without specifying which ones.

Straps. By decree of 20 December 2021, the governor of Yonne has identified the areas eligible for the measure to protect the herd against wolf predation, for the year 2022. The municipalities of Jully, Provency and Vault-de-Lugny, where predation is proven, form circle 1. Circle 2, where preventive action is needed, includes 135 municipalities (from Auxerrrois to Avallonnais through the Serein valley and cities bordering Aube). Circle 3 corresponds to the wolf’s expandable areas (the rest of the division).

Regarding Annay-sur-Serein’s double attack, the mention of “the wolf is not abandoned”, is kept. “There are not enough technical factors to eliminate wolves. And when the elements are lacking, it will benefit the breeder,” OFB developed. The truth dates back to July 8: “Two nights in a row, two of my animals were attacked,” confirmed Guillaume Verdun, the victim’s breeder. “At first, I didn’t think of the wolf, but of a wild dog. But after the second night, I found that the injuries actually corresponded to an attack by a wolf.”

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The mention of the “removed wolf” that should have been kept for other attacks meant no compensation to the breeders, much to the displeasure of the latter. “They consider it not a wolf, but are they having a wolf encounter? (read below“It’s a bit unsettling,” says Laurence Godin, Guillaume Saingery. Then the analyzes were performed at the regional level. Actual factors are assessed. And sometimes, morphologically, we rule out that it’s the wolf. ”

A “public meeting and good reflexes of wolves” organized at the initiative of the Chamber of Agriculture, this Wednesday, July 27 in the village hall of Chatel-Gérard (5pm). It aims to make livestock breeders aware of good behavior to adopt in the event of an attack: warn OFB as soon as a predator is detected, do not touch a carcass, etc.

Thomas Ribierre
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