Southern Alps: tense cohabitation between wolves, patous and tourists

MNow that we have found how to better manage predation, it is a concern that we would have done well without. This “concern” of which Romain Riera, sheep breeder in Saint-Michel-l’Observatoire, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, speaks are guard dogs. More precisely their cohabitation with tourists, in the summer, in the mountain pastures where the farm animals graze.

In mid-June, like every season, Romain led his herd to the mountain pasture of Engins, west of Grenoble, in the Vercors massif, two hundred kilometers north of his Provençal farm. The only way to feed his 350 sheep, especially with this drought that has burned his pastures.

In mid-August, the wolf, present in these mountain pastures since the end of the 1990s, ate ten of them. Without the Nine Dogs of Prote…

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