A Senate commission called for adjustments to the government's new wolf plan which, it says, does not sufficiently take into account the "despair of the pastoral world."
The wolf plan 2018-2023 published in February "comprises undeniable progress for the territories but remains far below the social, economic, cultural and psychological challenges that breeders and populations face, "said the Committee on Planning and Sustainable Development, in a report adopted Tuesday and broadcast on Wednesday.
"The situation is no longer tenable, neither for the farmers, nor for the populations, nor for the public finances.It is a vicious circle of sufferings, expenses and misunderstandings", commented the author of the report Cyril Pellevat (LR, Haute-Savoie), quoted in a statement.
Putting forward the "despair of the pastoral world" confronted with 12.000 ewes killed in 2017, the In particular, the senators call for the removal of one of the most contentious measures in the plan, which conditions the compensation of pastoralists for the introduction of protective measures for herds.
The commission also pleads for "alternative measures" (non-mutilated trapping, coarse shot rifle, etc.) with sampling shots in order to "teach wolves to be wary and stay away from men" and to European management of wolf populations.
Lastly, it calls for wolves killed in some areas of enhanced protection not to be counted in the harvest quotas.
The new wolf plan, which has failed to satisfy either the breeders or the defenders of the environment , provides for an annual culling ceiling based on scientific recommendations which estimate that no more than 10 to 12% of the population must be felled to ensure the viability of the species.
In 2018, an transitional, the initial ceiling is set at 40 wolves, but this number will be updated at the end of April once the precise figures of the population in the spring, said Tuesday before the same commission the prefect coordinator of the plan, Stéphane Bouillon.  Protected species, the wolf, which had disappeared from the country in the 1930s, returned to Italy from 1992. France has about 360 wolves (divided into 52 packs) and the government plan aims at a population of 500 specimens by 2023.