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Mystery Wolf Slayer, who shows the dead animals in the Tuscan villages, has shot seven and KNOWED in a bizarre vendetta

Mystery Wolf Slayer, who shows the dead animals in the Tuscan villages, has shot seven and KNOWED in a bizarre vendetta

  • Eight endangered wolves have been found dead since the beginning of November
  • Murderers left carcasses in village promenades and on the steps of a theater
  • Sheep farmers thought they were behind the slaughter
  • Decimated sheep herds have ruined many farmers in the area
  • Since the reintroduction, the Tuscan wolf population has grown to 230
  • The dead have caused a fight between nature conservation groups and local farmers

Repopulation: Wolves from the Abruzzo Mountains were reintroduced into Tuscany in the 1990s with the help of EU funding

Repopulation: Wolves from the Abruzzo Mountains were reintroduced into Tuscany in the 1990s with the help of EU funding

The medieval hills, scorched valleys and free-flowing Chianti have made Tuscany a hit with British expats and tourists. But in recent weeks the peaceful valleys have been rocked by a predatory serial killer.

Eight endangered native wolves have been found dead since early November, with only three new corpses in the last week.

In a seemingly political gesture, the vigilant murderer, or murderers, showed the carcasses where they can be seen on a large scale, in the squares of the village and in one case on the steps of a theater.

Everything but one of the protected animals was shot while the others were strangled. The massacres are thought to be the work of a bitter sheep farmer carrying out personal revenge after attacking his flock.

Veterinarian Marco Aloisi, director of a local center for the recovery of wildlife, said that placing the bodies of wolves in public is a & # 39; protest & # 39; turned out to be.

In the 1990s, wolves were once again brought to Tuscany from the Abruzzo mountains with the help of EU funding.

MFI furniture millionaire Paul Lister has similar plans to re-import wolves into his estate in Alladale, Scotland, despite the fact that they died out in Britain in the 17th century.

Wolves in Italy are growing in number because illegal hunting by farmers has become less common, and there are now an estimated 230 in Tuscany.

The packages usually live high in the Apennines, but are driven to farmland in bad weather or when they cannot find sufficient prey.

In the last two years they have ventured less than ever. Wolves were responsible for 1000 attacks on sheep, cattle and horses in 2012, according to official figures.

Since then, a wave of looting has decimated the herds in the Maremma coastal area.

Growing problem: wolves in Italy have grown in number because illegal hunting by farmers has become less common, and there are now an estimated 230 in Tuscany

Growing problem: wolves in Italy have grown in number because illegal hunting by farmers has become less common, and there are now an estimated 230 in Tuscany

Growing problem: wolves in Italy have grown in number because illegal hunting by farmers has become less common, and there are now an estimated 230 in Tuscany

Activism: Conservation groups have organized protests and called for rapid justice for those behind the killings

Activism: Conservation groups have organized protests and called for rapid justice for those behind the killings

Activism: Conservation groups have organized protests and called for rapid justice for those behind the killings

In some areas, production has been halved, bringing the farmers to the brink of destruction.

Regional projects to limit the damage caused by wolves, including traps and specially trained dogs, have largely failed.

Many sympathize with the frustration of the farmers.

Deputy MP Luca Sani, chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Lower House, said: “Killing wolves is a major concern. However, it would be irresponsible to put our heads in the sand and not acknowledge that this action is a disturbing sign of the annoyance of our farmers. & # 39;

Conservational groups have organized protests and called for rapid justice. James Bottinelli, spokesperson for the A-law against Vivisection group in Grosseto, said: "Anyone who kills an animal is a criminal and needs to be stopped, but especially in a case like this where we are dealing with a serial killer. & # 39;

Businessman Paul Lister has plans similar to those rolled out in Tuscany and wants to reintroduce wolves into the Scottish wilderness on his Alladale estate

Businessman Paul Lister has plans similar to those rolled out in Tuscany and wants to reintroduce wolves into the Scottish wilderness on his Alladale estate

Businessman Paul Lister has plans similar to those rolled out in Tuscany and wants to reintroduce wolves into the Scottish wilderness on his Alladale estate

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