Friday 22 January 2021

Wolf filmed attacking sheep in Noord Brabant; action is needed, farmers say

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A smallholder from the town of Vlijmen in Noord Brabant has captured a wolf attacking his sheep on a security camera.

The film shows the wolf chasing both an adult sheep and her lambs, and at one point is seen to run off with a lamb in his mouth.

Local farming organisation ZLTO says three sheep and five lambs were attacked by the wolf on the night in question and that the same animal is responsible for the death of 58 sheep within a week.

Farmers have been given equipment to try to keep their flocks safe, such as nets to put over fencing, but the organisation says it is extremely worried. ‘If you stop a wolf getting one animal, it will move on to something else,’ the organisation said.

‘Experts say the wolf will not attack humans but every night it is hunting. And the fact it was seen in a residential area is very worrying… This animal has to be caught and set free somewhere else. It might be a protected species in Europe, but Brabant sheep farmers should not have lose 10 sheep a night to the hunt.’

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