The body of a wolf was found Sunday by hikers in the mountains of Dévoluy (Hautes-Alpes), resulting in the temporary suspension of removals of wolves in France, the prefecture said Tuesday confirming a report of a radio Alps.
The animal, which "was the victim of a shooting shot", though no shot had been found at the scene, bringing to six the number of wolves killed in France, the maximum threshold set for the sampling period 2010-2011 by the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development.
A survey carried out by ONCFS (National Hunting and wildlife) and the gendarmerie, was opened by the floor of Gap to determine the conditions of the death of the canine, confirmed the prosecutor Republic of Gap, Philippe Toccanier.
"A natural death of the animal would not count among the six samples," said a source prefecture.
Pending analysis, a temporary suspension of fire levy and defense has been decided, said the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development.
Last summer, three wolves were killed in the Hautes-Alpes, Drôme and the Alpes de Haute-Provence after shooting defense authorizations and sampling.
In the Alpes-Maritimes, the corpse of an animal, whose analysis is still ongoing, was also discovered and an investigation initiated after the death of another wolf equipped with a GPS collar in the park of Mercantour.
Between January 1 and August 31, 2011, 111 attacks attributed to wolves were listed by the State in the Hautes-Alpes, making 520 victims. In 2010, the state had counted 122 attacks to 310 victims.