The Wolf Army
Press release Le Klan Du Loup
The wolf, pursuing its lightning re-colonising of France, has reached the Vosges Mountains on the Alsace-Lorraine border for the first time in 80 years.
Panic grips the countryside around Vosges as some sheep were taken by what appeared to be wolves.
Hair raising stories of super wolves eating 10 sheep in one night and killing many other at the same time are good examples of the superstitious legends atributed to this mystery animal.
Wolves back in France. 06/09/2011
The wolf was hunted almost to extinction in France in the 1930s but, protected as an endangered species, it is making a surprising comeback.
Some 200 wolves have colonised the southern regions of France, divided into about 20 packs. They are believed to have crossed from Italy in the mid-1990s and they are moving ever further north.(Read more)
Wolves in France (by Lost in France)
For millennia the wolf has been the object of our fear and loathing, wolves everywhere have suffered timeless persecution and sadly by 1927 the last of the wolves in France were eradicated. In modern times with a greater understanding of the environment and indeed the wolf, it has been allowed to return.
During the last 20 or so years they have been slowly increasing in numbers in the mountainous regions of the Alps notably the Mercantour national park where they have crossed the border from Italy. This has caused an ongoing battle between environmentalists and French sheep farmers who blame the wolf for loss of livestock. The estimated size of the wolf population in Mercantour is around twenty or so with the main pack comprising of eight wolves.
Contrary to popular belief wolves do not readily attack humans and are more likely to shy away from people and areas of human occupation. Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare and you are more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a wolf, those that do occur are likely to have been caused by the animal defending its young or even more rarely by diseased animals.
Sharing it's ancestry with the domestic dog the Grey wolf belongs to the family Canidae which includes the fox, coyote and jackal. Wolves are extremely social animals, living in tight family groups or packs they have a strict hierarchal system of ranking.
In a typical pack there will be an Alpha pair which are the pack leaders and the only wolves in the group which are allowed to mate, lower down the pecking order are the Beta pack members and lastly the Omega pack members.
An adult wolf weighs in at around 20 - 60 kg with males being larger than the females. The wolf stands 60 - 80 cm high at the shoulder and has a head and body length of 100 -150 cm. The colour of the wolf's fur can vary enormously but is usually a gray to brown colour sometimes blending with its environment and much like humans older wolves can have a spattering of grey in their coats.
The wolfs lifespan in the wild is up to 13 years, in captivity they have been known to live as long as 20 years. The wolf is very adaptable and can survive in a variety of terrains from forest to mountainous regions
Wolves are territorial animals and the pack will mark out it's territory with with urine and faeces. Hunting in a group their diet usually consists of smaller animals and birds although larger animals are sometimes preyed upon, they usually select older or weaker animals which are easier to capture. Like the fox the wolf will sometimes also eat wild berries.
Breeding occurs in the early spring and after a gestation period of 60 - 63 days a single litter of between 1 - 14 pups are born. The pups are born deaf, blind and completely dependant on their mother. At birth the pups have blue eyes which later change to a golden yellow colour. The pups are born in a den which can be underground, in a cave or an old hollow tree. They are kept in the den until they are old enough to join the rest of the group.
Wolves often communicate by howling which can be heard as much as 16 km away. Howling can be a way of declaring the packs territory or used as a method of communication between the pack or as a way to track down a lost member of the group.
PRESS RELEASE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF Le Klan du Loup (27/12/11)
"Le Klan du Loup, the prefect and the state ..."
On December 7, 2011, the Criminal Courtof Périgueux handed down its decision in the case between the Prefect of the Drome to the association Le Klan du Loup.
As a reminder of the facts, in May 25, 2011 the prefect had filed a complaint for "insults and defamation" following a press release dated May 8, 2011 from Le Klan du Loup, in which it condemned an order for a shot to kill a wolf.
The criminal court of Périgueux has retained "only" libel and dismissed the prefect of ¾ of its requests.
Indeed, it claimed 3,000 euros in damages, the withdrawal of the press release, and publication of the sentence in the regional press and on the site of the prefecture.
The criminal court of Périgueux stated that 'there should finally accommodate requests for moderation civil party [...] "and condemned the president of Le Klan du Loup to pay 750 euros to the prefect and remove the press release complained of.
In addition, the presiding judge noted that "[...] the Court must consider the penalty with some benevolence, as Rodolphe Gaziello [ president of Le Klan du Loup] was carried away by the passion and the cause he has chosen to defend the name of beliefs that belong [...]. "
It should be noted that during the hearing on November 14, 2011, counsel for the prefect had revealed the true motivation of this lawsuit, saying that the purpose was "to hit where it hurts, that is the portfolio. " In addition, it was also clarified that the Prefect of the Drome intended to repay the money obtained a local agricultural union, the Departmental Federation of Ovine Drôme. Strange attitude a few months of the presidential elections. It is true that Sarkozy had come a few months ago to meet the professional breeders and assured his support ... Me Bourdeix, counsel for the association of Le Klan du Loup, was then quick to point out the "lack of neutrality" the Prefect of the Drome.
By his legal action against the association of Le Klan du Loup, the Prefect of the Drome, which is the government representative in the department, confirms the status of Le Klan du Loup : The first association 100% opposing all shots to kill wolves.
The State also acknowledges that the combination of Le Klan du Loup is the only association solely dedicated to the wolf, who dares stands in front of him to state his opposition to the extermination of the wolf in France.
In his legal battle, Le Klan du Loup has received numerous supporters of Citizen-es attached to freedom of expression and respect for biodiversity, but also associations like Loup.org, the forum AVNS, DVC, France Loups, The Wolf Army, Le Klan du Loup Belgique, etc ... The Left Party Committee 24 White Perigord Dordogne and the United Left have also supported our association.
Le Klan du Loup wants here to thank them all.
Le Klan du Loup also thank his counsel, Mr. Bourdeix cabinet Maleville Perigueux, for his defense and Me Chaillou cabinet Richard Malka in Paris for his valuable advice.
The Office of Le Klan du Loup decided not to appeal against because the political turn taken by this case. Indeed, the state has not hesitated to raise two police stations and the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI, the cons-intelligence) for a simple press release ...
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