Wolves: Don’t Do Sheep


France has seen its wolf population gradually increase from near-extinction in the 1930s, but it still classifies the predator as a “protected” species. However, sheep farmers increasingly complain wolves’ attacks are reducing their herds. So, in a recently proposed “National Wolf Plan,” the government boldly gave headline-writers around the world material for rejoicing: a national program to “educate” wolves. Individual wolves known to have attacked sheep will be caught, marked and briefly detained; officials hope the carnivores learn their lesson from that trauma and thereafter pass up sheep and instead hunt rabbits, boar and deer. Said one critic, “You might as well try to educate a shark.”

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