It took nearly two centuries to see the wolf again in the Manche department! An image captured in recent days by a surveillance camera in the countryside near Saint-Côme-du-Mont (Manche) leaves little room for doubt.
Even the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), usually very cautious, ensures that it is “very likely of a gray wolf », a protected species that had never been observed in the department since… 1833!
“We have certainly had reports and alerts wounded animals lately. It was not enough until then to authenticate the presence of a wolf, explains Guillaume Binet, departmental manager of the office. But the physical characteristics revealed by the video images clearly evoke a gray wolf, which could have left its territory to avoid competition from its congeners. It can travel several tens of kilometers in a single night looking for a place where he will find food and a partner. There is therefore no indication that he will remain in the sector. »
“It’s strange to think that he probably isn’t prowling far from home. It awakens old legends and buried childhood fears. But it’s rather fascinating, ”says François, in his fifties, living in the area where the animal was observed.
To complete this investigation, the OFB plans to install other cameras this week in order to obtain additional data on the animal. Remember that there are about 700 wolves in France and that harm to the physical integrity of one of these animals is punishable by three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 150,000 euros.