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French government presents plan to protect wolves

The scheme aims to have 500 wolves in France by 2023, up from an estimated 360 now.

The French government has presented a plan to ensure the survival of wolves in the country as farmers continue to protest about financial losses caused by attacks on livestock.

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot’s proposal aims to have 500 wolves in France by 2023, up from an estimated 360 now.

The plan allows about 10% of the wolf population to be killed every year, under the strict control of the authorities, to prevent attacks on herds of sheep.

The state will provide financial aid to help farmers protect their livestock, using herding dogs and electric fences.

Wolves almost became extinct in parts of Europe because of hunting in the 19th century, but have returned in recent decades to France, Italy and Slovenia due to greater protection.

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