Wolf shot in canton Valais

Swiss game wardens have killed the male wolf suspected of attacking livestock in canton Valais.

This content was published on August 11, 2010 minutes

The wolf was shot in the Montana-Varneralp area, local authorities announced on Wednesday. He had been spotted near a herd of cattle.

Officials had approved the shooting on August 3 following two separate attacks on calves which left two dead and one injured in late July.

On August 10, DNA tests proved that a male wolf originally from an Italian pack was responsible for killing sheep in early July – along with his mate, who was first seen in Valais a year ago. However, it is unclear whether the wolves actually attacked the cattle.

This was the first time in years that a wolf pairing had taken place in the wild in Switzerland. Wildlife experts believe the pair may have three-month-old pups.

For now, the female wolf is safe since the Valais authorities only permitted the shooting of one wolf. But environmentalists are disappointed.

“Canton Valais has slain a wolf but they haven’t solved the problem,” WWF wolf expert Kurt Eichenberger said in a statement, adding that what was needed was sufficient measures to protect livestock. and agencies

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