Wolf numbers in France to increase to 500

Government proposals are targeting a 40% increase in wolf numbers in France by 2023

A five-year programme that will see the number of wolves in France grow by 40% to 500 has been blasted by farmers – as well as by groups campaigning for the animals’ protection.

The government’s Wolf Plan outlines efforts to ensure the survival of the species, which returned after being wiped out in the 1930s, while also considering its impact on livestock.

France is currently home to an estimated 360 wolves, with Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot’s scheme planning for 500 by 2023. The proposal will allow controlled culling to keep numbers at 500 and includes financial aid to help farmers protect livestock via deterrents such as herding dogs, electric fencing and 3m-high fences.

However, satisfying both wildlife groups and the farming community, who have seen attacks on livestock soar in recent years, has been difficult.


To read the remaining 85% of this article, you need to either

Subscribe now to The Connexion and benefit from access to our archived articles since 2006

Print + Digital 3 month subscription

Pay every three months. Our most flexible subscription.

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Print + Digital 1 year subscription

1 year of great reading in print and online

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Digital 1 year subscription (Our best value offer)

1 year of great reading online *no paper*

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Digital 3 month subscription

3 months of great reading online *no paper*

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

More articles from Nature
More articles from Connexion France
Other articles that may interest you