A new wolf attack took place during the night of Thursday December 7 to Friday December 8 in Collobrières. Nils Pelletier, a shepherd for twenty years, is devastated. Five of his animals were killed.
“I no longer have a life with this wolf. » On the road which connects the town of Pierrefeu-du-Var to Collobrières (Var), Nills Pelletier, a shepherd for twenty years, discovered the corpses of five sheep, killed by a wolf attack on the night of Thursday 7 to Friday December 8. .
“Five sheep slaughtered, including one which was slightly eaten (…) There were three mothers,” he grumbles to BFM Toulon Var.
A flock of 350 sheep
The man made the macabre discovery in the early morning. On the ground, a few traces of wool attest to the attack. In his flock, three lambs are now orphans. To keep them alive, the shepherd must now bottle-feed them.
To prevent this from happening again in his herd, he must remain vigilant every day of the week. According to him, the most serious remains the stress felt by the 350 sheep in his flock following the attack.
“They have difficulty telling the difference between a wolf and a dog. There, I no longer have a life with this wolf,” he says.
And to clarify: “In the evening, I’m going to buy a baguette in the village, I don’t really know how I’m going to find the herd. Every morning, I wake up with the stress of knowing whether I’m going to look for carcasses or not. »
Compensation of 150 euros per sheep killed
Nils Pelletier claims to have noticed an increase in wolf attacks in the department in recent years. Faced with the phenomenon, he demands the right to defend himself.
“I am not here to say that we must exterminate it either, but at least regulate it or that we have the right to defend ourselves properly,” he specifies.
This attack represents a significant financial loss for this shepherd. In the coming weeks, he will receive compensation of around 150 euros per ewe killed.
For its part, the Southern region considers that in view of the progression of the wolf population, it would be appropriate to propose a reflection at the European level to consider the classification of the species among the protected species and no longer strictly protected, to promote its regulation.
According to the French Biodiversity Office, Var is the second French department with the most wolves with a total of 24 packs.
Tom Ferrara with Nolwenn Autret