Discovering the gray wolf, predator of the Massif Central

The Chabrières wolf park located on the heights of Guéret specializes in this legendary animal. Three species are presented. There is the black wolf, the arctic wolf and the European gray wolf, the one which, precisely, rages on our territory.

The wolf had disappeared from France in 1947, eradicated by man, because of its bad reputation. For 50 years, there were no more in France. Then in 1992, he came back. Of Italian origin, he crossed the Alps and slowly but surely reestablished himself, much to the dismay of breeders who may be victims of his attacks on their herds.Wolves of Chabrières

In Margeride (Cantal), breeders suspect the wolf of having attacked their sheep

There are no packs of wolves on the Massif Central

Today, specialists count about 800 wolves in France. An approximate figure as explained by Abel Guittard, director of the park.

Studies are carried out every year. They are made in relation to noises, passages, excrement. Because these wolves do not all live in packs.

There are between 6 to 10 packs of wolves in France and for the moment, there are none (yet) installed on the Massif Central. The wolves seen in Creuse, Cantal or Puy-de-Dôme are isolated individuals. A chance ? Certainly for breeders because when the pack leader triggers a hunt, his goal is to feed all the animals in the group. But Abel Guittard also explains that when a wolf, even alone, finds himself in a herd, he can still kill several lambs.

For him, it is as if he were in the middle of a giant pantry. He does not kill to play, only to eat. But for fear of missing out, he kills.

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Faced with its attacks, Abel Guittard, in love and passionate about this animal, remains confident. According to him, solutions will be found so that breeders protect their herds and that everyone manages to live together.

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Wolves, and other animals to discover

The Chabrières wolf park also has wolves and other animals in our territory to discover. Other predators like the fox or the boar. But also badgers, deer, roe deer, as well as a mini-farm for the happiness of the little ones.

The Chabrières wolf park is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of June and until 7 p.m. in July and August.

Valerie Guinard


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