Our herds cannot be protected – La Terre de Chez Nous

Published: October 07, 2022

The coordinating mayor of the wolf plan, Jean-Paul Célet, was passing through the Jura massif
Beginning of the week. While the state representative wants to take his time to cohabit wolf and cattle, appealing to the profession to play its role in understanding how local packs, FDSEA/JA and the La Baroche breeders expressed their impatience by insisting on the non-protection of herds.

It was in the communal areas of Arsure-Arsurette, a few meters from the park where a wolf killed a heifer of the Gaec de la Roche, that the FDSEA arranged a meeting with Mayor Célet accompanied by the mayor of the Jura Serge Castel as well as all the services of the State involved in the wolf (DDT, OFB, sub-prefecture).
Without detours, the president of the Jura FDSEA challenged them on the non-protection of the herds in the Jura massif with the presence of vast areas of meadows or trees, also rich in biodiversity thanks to the pressure of grazing. “In this city alone, 25 patous would be needed to protect the herds divided into several lots on each of the farms. Dogs are not a solution to protect our animals in the Jura mountains”, concludes Christophe Buchet. “Five-wire barriers are also not compatible with our practices and our territory, not to mention the induced maintenance after winter. Only the regulation of the wolf in the attacked sectors can dissuade him from approaching our animals. Now we want the regulatory framework to be able to allow defensive shooting on a larger scale than just the herd affected by a first strike. All adjacent land at the municipal level must be able to be protected”, continues the unionist.
Playback must be a priority
Comments from the president of the Chamber of Agriculture abounded. “The wolf population is running all over France. This is the beginning of the phenomenon and the problem is before us. Breeding must absolutely take priority over wolves! For Loïc Scalabrino, who came next door to the Doubs and invested in the large archive of predators for young farmers, the message is clear. “Pack development is exponential and the number of attacks is correlated with the number of wolves present, as Pierre-Henry Pagnier pointed out a few minutes earlier, let’s go straight to the wall.”
On the side of the creators and local elected representatives present, impatience is more than palpable. For David Pellier-Cuit, whose boy found himself a few meters from the wolf on the morning of the attack on the neighboring farm, regulation is essential and alert to the fear that inhabits him. “Should we wait for a tragedy in a man or a child before doing something? “.
A feeling of insecurity that also challenges the mayors of Arsure-Arsurette and Bief des Maisons. “What would be the behavior of a wolf that feels in danger in front of children or hikers who walk our many trails? asks Catherine Rousset. Zero risk according to the mayor of Jura who believes that there is no antecedent in history. Returning to issues related to livestock , Léonie Auduberteau, a young farmer from the disaster-stricken Gaec, testifies to her annoyance with this new scourge. “Our heifers will always be easier to catch than a deer or a doe. It is always up to farmers to adapt to everything!”
Remarks highlighted by Rémy Delacroix, the FDSEA cantonal president. “Farmers are getting more than enough. What we want is to be quiet and do our already very demanding work without having to deal with an additional worry like the wolf. If tomorrow we still have to bring in the heifers every afternoon or keep watch at night, it won’t be! ”.…


You can find this full article in our October 7, 2022 paper issue.


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