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Wolves: animals worth protecting

Wolves in a few word

Wolves can be found, among other places, in mountains, plains and forests. They are very social animals that live in packs that usually number between 5 and 10. They move lot and can travel up to 60 km per day.

Although some wolves will always remain with their families, most wolves have learned how to search out new territory and start new packs by the age of 2. They live an average of 10 years in the wild.

Carnivores, they hunt only when hungry and mostly in packs. They particularly like larger prey such as deer or caribou. They can eat several kilograms in a single meal and then fast for a week.

The situation

Wolves used to be found in many parts of the world, specifically in the Northern Hemisphere. Over time, the species has found itself increasingly threatened and currently inhabits only limited or isolated areas.

Although they completely disappeared from France in the 1930s, in 1992 wolves reappeared and finally managed to take hold again. But in France as elsewhere, the conflict between wolf and man has not improved, even if the majority of the population wants to see the animal protected. Some attitudes don’t seem to have changed, as prefectures give permission for the slaughter of wolves, who are also a victim of poaching.

Killing is not a solution. It just pushes away the problem without finding any solutions, and it is unfair to attack a species that we must preserve. In addition to the simple right to live, wolves have been found to be beneficial to ecosystems. Through their presence and nutritional needs, they regulate the biodiversity of the places they live and also help stop the spread of destructive diseases which also affect livestock.

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Around the world, some species like the Red wolf or Ethiopian Wolf are already classified as “endangered” or “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Currently, the Grey Wolf is not listed as such but it is threatened every day. We shouldn’t let the situation get worse by allowing an unjustified slaughter by a minority of people, leaving supposedly protected animals orphaned and helpless.

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Get informed and help

Wolves have no natural predators, but the species has felt the force of a relatively new threat: humans, who have an unfortunate tendency to persecute them. Wolves have been exterminated throughout Europe and the Americas. After coming back from afar, they have finally managed to rebuild their place among us over time.

The Bern Convention and a ministerial decree obliged France and Europe to protect the species. However, even if 80% of French people say they like wolves and firmly oppose their extinction (IFOP, Sept 2013), hunts continue to decimate them.

Every day, associations, foundations and passionate citizens help protect wolves throughout the world. It is important to respect the opinions of the population and respect projects designed to preserve the species and not see it disappear. Groups of people jeopardize their preservation by taking any opportunity to chase wolves away, instead of agreeing to take simple steps towards respectful coexistence.

º Add your voice by speaking up on the subject, especially on influential social networks

º Support the organizations that work for the safety of wolves

º Sign internet petitions and share various documents to show your support

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