The wolves of Occitania. A cub was found dead. Is there a package in Larzac?

The cub’s carcass was retrieved by a Patou (herd guard dog) on ​​Tuesday, July 19. The animal was autopsied and recognized by OFB as a three-month-old that had died of illness. (© Facebook Collective L113)

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, a cub about three months old was found dead in Larzac. French Office of Biodiversity (OFB) confirmed that it was indeed a cub, as did the autopsy conducted on Wednesday, July 20, which also helped determine that the cub was death due to parasites and not caused by humans or guard dogs.

Therefore, the dogs only transferred the dead cubs to the farm in the city of Cross (Herault). The weight of the cubs is 2.5 kg, which is half the normal weight of cubs at this age.

How to qualify for wolf presence?

Since wolves have been observed outside the Alpine Arc, where they spontaneously returned in 1992 from Italy, the question of its presence is a source of tension between the authorities and associations and breeders. Disagreements are clearly not limited to “for or against” the wolf as the manner in which a wolf’s presence is determined in a territory has been a major point of contention.

Since 1993, the wolf-lynx . webestablished by the Ministry of Environment and piloted by OFB, is Official French agency to be in charge ofobserve and track wolf presence and population evolution on national territory. The territory is divided into three types of presence, the “confirmed” presence area, the “unpacked” permanent presence area, and the “pack” regular presence area.

For a territory to be classified as a permanent presence area, sign of wolf presence must be noted on two consecutive winters.

Larzac currently classified by the wolf-lynx network and the OFB as a “confirmed presence area” for wolves. Breeders and associations in the identified area Wolf attack since 2016 and stated that Larzac was henceforth classified as an area of ​​constant presence (ZPP).

Official OFB map of wolf status in Occitania February 2022. (© OFB website)

Individually packaged or dispersed?

In OFB classification, nuance is performed between in-packet and non-packet presence. In this second case, we are talking about the dispersion of individuals. Official, non-reproductive of the wolf took place outside the Alpine arc (PACA region and former Rhône-Alpes and Franche-Comté regions).

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The discoverya three month old baby (wolf cubs that do not leave their mother before age 2) question the classification of Larzac as an area of ​​”confirmed” presence but also the absence of a pack of wolves outside the Alpine Arc.

Does Larzac shelter a pack of wolves or just scattered individuals? For collective L113, this cub indicates the presence of a breeding colony in Larzac.

“The first wolves arrived in 1999 in the Pyrenees. There are still some in 2022. Of course, they can’t be the same or they would have beaten all the longevity competitions!”

Collective L113

Contact the editors of actu OccitanieHérault OFB redirected us to the district of Hérault, where no did not respond to our request on this subject.

A second wolf brigade for the summer of 2023

On the sidelines of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees, president of the republic announced in an interview with breeders in Argelès-Gazost (Hautes-Pyrénées), Thursday, July 21, 2022the upcoming creation ofa second wolf intervention brigade in France.

Currently, the only wolf intervention brigade in France is based in Gap (Hautes-Alpes) and has 16 agents. This brigade was regularly called upon to intervene in the Occitanie area. This second nationwide brigade will be assigned to a territory from south of the Massif Central to the Pyrenees. The location of this future brigade is expected in the summer of 2023 was not communicated.

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