Wallonia provides shepherd with electric fences for protection against wolf attacks

Belgium: The government of Wallonia is providing shepherds with electric fences to protect sheep against wolf attacks, as per the sources.

In Nassogne, a municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Luxembourg, Belgium, one of the farmers has recently installed 1,200 metres of electric fences all over her meadow for the protection and safety of her sheep from wolves.

A few days before, a wolf broke into her land and killed about 26 of her 300 sheep.

2021 was marked as the “definitive comeback of the wolf” by the Flemish information centre for agriculture and horticulture (VILT).

The conservationists helped to revive rapidly depleting packs of the predators, much to the dismay of local farms, who took to the streets in Limburg to protest the initiative.

Moreover, the attacks against livestock have been on the top all over the nation. In Flanders, the fatal shooting increased from 51 in 2019 to more than 100 in 2021.

According to the farmers, much of her flock in now has been traumatised following the wolf attack and said no to leaving their sheds.

In the same incident in a similar place on May 21, wolves has killed 18 sheep in spite of the presence of anti-wolf measures, namely foxlights, which use flashing lives to scare off animals.

Along with this, in order to avoid repeated attacks, the public service of Wallonia is loaning electric fencers to shepherds in order to protect their flocks. To be eligible, shepherds must demonstrate that a wolf is present in their local area. The regional government reimburses any killed sheep.

“There are fence posts on which we will install electric cables to prevent the wolf from going over or under,” the shepherdess shared the information.

Furthermore, the Electric fences must be maintained on a regular basis to maintain their effectiveness. If weeds or vegetation grows over electric wires, the fence will stop working as well as animals risk being killed.

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