“We must expect others to arrive”

Yasmina Kattou, edited by Manon Fossat

The corpse of a wolf was found in mid-October on the side of a road in Saint-Brévin-les-Pins, in Loire-Atlantique. A discovery that had not happened for a century and announces the arrival of other canines according to Denis Dabo, director of the departmental federation of hunters of the department.

The corpse of a wolf was discovered in mid-October on a road in Saint-Brévin-Les-Pins, in Loire-Atlantique. A discovery that had not happened for nearly 100 years in the west. If the authorities initially thought of a dog, the analyzes revealed that it was indeed a gray wolf.

While waiting for genetic samples

The animal was therefore far from its usual lands, near the borders with Spain and Italy, where wolves are very numerous. This discovery could reveal the presence of other wolves in the region, as explained Denis Dabo, director of the departmental federation of hunters of Loire-Atlantique. “It’s been almost a century since the wolf was no longer present in Loire-Atlantique. We saw it in Deux-Sèvres not very long ago and we saw it arrive in Vendée in the spring of this year on a natural area which is protected. And from the Vendée there is only a small leap to go to Loire-Atlantique, knowing that it is an animal that can travel dozens of kilometers in one night, ”he explained.

“We wonder whether this wolf found is that of Vendée or another,” he continued. But for that, it will still be necessary to wait for the answers of science, thanks in particular to the genetic samples which were made by the French Office of biodiversity. “Even if it is a first wolf, we must still expect in the years to come that others will arrive,” Denis Dabo continued. A sign that certainly heralds the imminent arrival of other canine individuals.