A French government representative who visited a farm where the attack took place acknowledged the failure of simple defenses.
He had come to “get away from technology” and “see what people on the ground are feeling today.” He was served. On Friday morning, in a mountain pasture in Saxe-Neuve, in Toubes, Jean-Francois Colombet faced the grim reality of Jura breeders: the carcass of a cow that had been devoured by a wolf on Monday night. You are on Tuesday.
The young bovid was the final victim of dozens of attacks by the large predator in the department along the Vallée de Joux since early August. “On the night from Wednesday to Thursday, wolves attacked a herd in Villedieu-les-Moutay, killing a cow and injuring five people,” said Loic Scalabrino, a farmer. There is little doubt that all these attacks are the work of someone “combiers” wolves, probably belonging to the Risoux pack, which willingly straddle the Franco-Swiss border.
The prefect heard the consternation of the breeders, some of whom feared the wolf had already won the battle. In addition to pointing out the increasing number of attacks, they lamented that none of the ten defensive shots sanctioned by the principles could be carried out. “So how do you expect us to sleep when the hay is gone and the grass outside is finally looking good, but we’re approaching October, which lasts from 7pm to 8am?” This led to the release of Pierre-Henry Pagnier, the owner of the cow that was killed on Monday.
Several mayors on the floor Friday also supported his statements. “I speak on behalf of the elected officials, announced Élisabeth Greusard, the mayor of Chapelle-des-Bois. I went to see an attack. It was violence, it was destruction. Although my feelings are far from the trauma experienced by the breeders, I have more.
“One defensive shot ended in failure. So we are going to take the next step,” he said.
Jean-François Colombet, Principal of Doubs
Jean-François Colombet says he knows Lupine’s pressure is too strong and gets the message. On Friday, he said he was doing everything to somehow advance the case, “but respecting the legal framework”. “Simple defensive shots ended in failure, okay. So we are going to take the next step,” he said. He assured that the request for reinforced defensive fire was already on the desk of the “wolf” coordinator in Lyon. And if he has to go as far as the model, he will go in that direction.
But he wants to activate another lever that directly affects wolf status. He called for the removal of protection for the big predator in a “sensitive area” that includes 117 farms spread across 23 municipalities. A move that is undoubtedly useful, but takes a long time to implement.