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    Fitter
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    Not a wind-up or a joke, it seems to be a serious possibility that wolves are present in Brittany.

    https://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagne/pontivy-56300/bretagne-un-appel-pour-collecter-des-indices-de-presence-du-loup-5916789

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    Présence du loup en Bretagne.

    Click on “presence du loup en bretagne” for a map of the area they are looking at.

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    #401420

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    the area is around the wolf sanctuary at Lescouët-Gouarec (and where I live) think I’ll put a wildlife camera in the garden  :yes:

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    Read the ouest france article and look at the map which fitter has alluded to. They are not captive, but free roaming wolves. And I actually thought the last recorded wolf sighting in Brittany was sometime around the mid 1930’s.

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    Good idea koat!   :good:

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    The British Government apparently wants to release 6 wild Lynx into Northumberland . As you can imagine the local sheep farmers are not happy !  :negative:

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    On 5th of this month I was in my back garden  between GOUAREC and CORLAY- I heard heavy crunching sound like a heavy animal walking thru a field of recently cut hay. The field at the back of my house has just that- recently cut hay. When I looked round the corner of the hedge there was what I thought to be a large cat- walking between the line of the field and my neighbours garden, under a line of trees. The animal was about 1 meter in length and long tail, black or dark brown colour. It was tall- probably about 2 to 3 feet high. It had a baby animal with it- about twice the size of a domestic cat. They walked about 20 feet along the side of the field under the trees with the baby making a kind of highpitched “baby growl” noise. At first I thought it was a very large dog but realised it wasnt as its body length was too long and its legs were also too long. The body and stance reminded me of a long and very thin looking alsation dog but the hair seemed shorter. It actually looked as if it was starving as it had not got a lot of muscle area around its front half. I watched it for a couple of minutes and knew it was not a dog or a huge domestic cat. The baby animal had laid down in the grass under the tree and the mother (?) stood guard over it for a few minutes until I clapped my hands very loud

    Both animals jumped and literally bounded so fast over a distance of about 40 feet and disappeared into bushes and more field areas. It was definitely NOT a dog running

    My neighbour and I went to look but found nothing

    2 days later a friend of mine who lives in Plussulien (4-5 miles from me wasdriving to work at 0730 in the morning and the same described animal jumped and ran across the road in front of her car and disappeared into the fields

    I have reported it to my Mayor but despite also telling him about someone elseseeing it, I have heard nothing from anyone.

    Do I go to the police and report it

    Trying to find a police station open here during the day is almost impossible

    ANY ADVICE PLEASE!

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    @commandomum, as per that website which Fitter put up for us to see

    Présence du loup en Bretagne.

    Towards the bottom of the page they say the following

    Merci de bien vouloir contacter l’Observatoire du loup ici:

    observatoireduloup@hotmail.fr

    Il est utile de préciser exactement:

    Les dates et lieux des faits, les circonstances précises des constats, éventuellement de joindre un plan précis. La transmission de photographies en plan large et resserré est une source de données non négligeable et à transmettre en fichier joint, si possible, sans compression de fichier jpeg.

    Confidentialité assurée!

    Or thanks to Google translate

    Please contact the Wolf Observatory here:

    observatoireduloup@hotmail.fr

    It is useful to specify exactly:

    The dates and places of the facts, the precise circumstances of the findings, possibly to attach a specific plan. The transmission of photographs in wide and narrow plan is a significant source of data and to transmit as an attached file, if possible, without jpeg file compression.

    Confidentiality assured!

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    there’s a contact email for any possible wolf sightings/evidence at the bottom of the article fitter posted. think they want all details of what was seen, where, times etc

    * posted at same time as Gleaner

    I assume/hope wolves are protected in France

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    “I assume/hope wolves are protected in France”

    How about if they catch any wolves, we put a big tall fence around your house and garden and you can have them in your garden and protect them?

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    they could always ask if there’s any room at the wolf sanctuary :yes:  i personally wouldn’t mind them living wild, or being caught and relocated, just not hunted/killed

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    It seems they are making a comeback in mainland Europe.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45141306

    I suppose this’ll put the kybosh on Mrs G taking the two dugs out for  their early morning walks in the forests around our place now B-)

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    Thanks all

    I reported it to Maggie in AIKB in Gouarec and it seems that the police will do all the reporting to the relevant people now as Maggie took all the details

    Thanks again

    ps I couldnt find a Police station open in Corlay, Gouarec or St Nicholas du Pelem

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    How wonderful!  :good: Much maligned and misunderstood creatures

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    wondering where they may have come from  :scratch:

    possibly further south if the forest/woodland here stretches far enough  :scratch:

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    personally we find this so exciting.  Have been researching – seems they have been in france for a few years and germany (+Sweden and other counties).  They are just going north and hopefully into  Normandy.  All the years we have been coming here to our house and now living here we have never seen wild boar although lots of signs say beware boars and over the last 2 weeks we have seen 3 of them in the fields next to us.  Hey, maybe one day we will see a direwolf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I hope the French hunters act responsibly when the seasons  starts!

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    I’ve heard of a werewolf but what is a direwolf Angela?

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    An extinct species according to Wikipedia.

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    I am sympathetic towards wolves but only up to a point

    If it was a wolf that I saw , then I would seriously worry if anyone had pet animals in the garden or even worse- young children playing outside the house or a baby sleeping in a pram even if you are near it, as to me the “wolf” could have been very hungry in the recent hot weather and was hunting for food

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    direwolves are on game of thrones but we googled them and they do actually exist.  one of the dire wolves on Game of Thrones died last year.

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    Oh, how sad, Angela! ;-)

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    When we had a home in Mantilly  area 61 we saw a wild boar running along a field next to the road. It was massive.  We also saw young deer too running across the road . Beautiful.

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    I must be very much in the minority here re the admirable (!) qualities of the wolf. They can be a very dangerous animal and I certainly would not be waxing lyrically about them

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    Totally agree with you commandomum would be very cautious about going out at night

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    I think you are more likely to be attacked by a dog !

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    I think you are more likely to be attacked by a dog !

    I am not suggesting that this could happen in Europe but this is what happened in Canada a couple of years ago.

    ‘They are absolutely huge:’ Wolves attack in Northern Saskatchewan as animals lose fear of humans
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    I am sympathetic towards wolves but only up to a point If it was a wolf that I saw , then I would seriously worry if anyone had pet animals in the garden or even worse- young children playing outside the house or a baby sleeping in a pram even if you are near it, as to me the “wolf” could have been very hungry in the recent hot weather and was hunting for food

    What you saw sounds more like a description of a puma, there have been many sightings in various parts of the UK, which are thought to be animals kept as “pets” which were released before the dangerous animals law was enacted.

     

     

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    I’d rather face a hungry slavering Chihuahua than a Wolf who hasn’t yet had it’s breakfast.

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    Well, I won’t be telling Mr. F. that there is a possibility of wolves in Brittany, they are one of his favourite animals and the excitement might be too much for his heart!

    I like the thought of any wild animal being able to run free, but I appreciate it depends on the surroundings in which they roam.

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    Wolves used to be common in Brittany. A book on hunting them dating from the 1870s is still in print.

    It seems the author was a Yorkshire vicar who came to Morbihan in the 1850s on a hunting trip.

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