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After an attack on cattle: the federal government approves the shooting down of a young wolf

The Federal Office for the Environment has approved a canton of Ticino’s request to shoot down a young wolf in the Blenio Valley. This is the fifth time a Swiss wolf pack has been regulated this year.

A young wolf is to be shot in Ticino. (icon picture)

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The canton of Ticino submitted the application after wolves from the pack attacked and killed two cattle in the Valle di Blenio. The shooting is intended to bring about a change in the behavior of the pack, writes the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) in a statement on Friday. The wolf should therefore only take place in the presence of several wolves and in the vicinity of livestock herds. In addition, it must be shot by the end of March 2023.

The Bafu has now approved five wolf pack regulations in the current year, as it announced on request. The other packs affected are those in the areas of Beverin, Moesola and Wannaspitz in Graubünden and Marchairuz in Vaud. So far, only one application has been rejected by the Bafu: that of the canton of Valais for the pack in the Val d’Hérens.

According to the Bafu, there are currently 23 wolf packs in Switzerland with a total of 200 animals. Due to conflicts with livestock farming, the Federal Council has opened a consultation for the revision of the hunting ordinance. It is intended to facilitate the regulation of the packs and come into force in the summer of 2023. (wap)

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