Howling mad: protesters dump wolf’s head in pool
Severed head found as fury mounts among Spanish farmers over killing of sheep, goats and calves
Police in northern Spain launched an investigation after a wolf’s head and tail were left in a public swimming pool in a protest by farmers over attacks by wolves on their livestock.
The Guardia Civil’s wildlife protection unit is trying to find out who dumped the grisly remains at an open-air pool in the village of Infiesto, in the Picos de Europa mountain range of eastern Asturias.
The wolf is a protected species in Asturias, but angry protesters blocked country roads near the Picos de Europa National Park on Saturday, demanding more support to save their sheep, goats and calves from apparent wolf attacks.The leaders of the march read out a statement criticising Asturian authorities who “publicise our area to attract people to visit our landscape and try our products, but who don’t care for the land or the people”.
Compensation schemes for dead livestock were insufficient and obsolete owing to an increase in wolf attacks, the protesters claimed.Spanish environmentalists argue that the country’s wolf population is struggling to remain stable because of authorised hunting and poaching. “The species is suffering a regression towards the northwest due to brutal hunting that prevents it from extending towards its traditional territories in the south,” said Ángel M Sánchez, at the presentation of a report he co-authored earlier this year that counted the number of Spanish wolves killed in 2017 at between 500 and 650.
The number of Iberian wolves in Spain is estimated to be between 2,000 and 3,000.
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