The Valberg wolf affair had inflamed wildlife protectors and hunters in the Drôme, suspected of having killed animals.

It was dismissed this Friday, September 23, 2022 by the public prosecutor of Valence (Drôme);


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No material proof of the death of the canine could indeed be made available to the Court.

The only element available was the GPS collar of the wolf in question, discovered in January 2021 in Plan-de-Baix (Drôme), near the home of a naturalist.

An examination of the tracer revealed that it had been broken during an impact, and not severed.

A very discreet wolf

Environmental protection associations had then considered that a hunter had killed the beast and then removed its collar by provocation.

The Valberg wolf owes its nickname to the town in the Alpes-Maritimes where it was found in 2019, weakened, before being treated and released.

Now without a GPS device, the animal has not been seen since.


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