Hérault: a wolf killed in a collision with a vehicle

Hérault: a wolf killed in a collision with a vehicle

A male wolf weighing 36 kg was found dead on Tuesday morning after colliding with a vehicle near the seaside resort of La Grande-Motte (Hérault).

A discovery that questions. A male wolf weighing 36 kg was found dead Tuesday morning along a departmental road near La Grande-Motte (Hérault), the departmental prefecture said in a press release on Wednesday.

The animal, “in good physical condition,” died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle.

“Many Breaks”

“The departmental council, road manager, recovered the remains to entrust them to the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), which carried out the analyses. The autopsy revealed numerous fractures related to a collision with a vehicle,” the statement said.

“A genetic analysis will also be carried out to determine whether it is an animal previously observed elsewhere in France,” specified the prefecture.


The presence of a wolf in the region raises questions, while the animal is not normally found on the shores of the Mediterranean.

The gray wolf, which returned to France alone from Italy, on the other hand, has experienced favorable demographic dynamics in the country for 10 years. The OFB estimates that its population in France may even have exceeded 1,000 people.

It occurs mainly in the Alps, but also in the Massif Central, the Pyrenees or the Vosges. His presence regularly confronts animal rights activists with breeders who denounce attacks on herds of sheep and goats.

The wolf also seems to be making a comeback in Brittany. On January 7, 2023, a wolf was observed near Lannion in the Côtes-d’Armor, a department where the species had nevertheless disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century. Last year, the dog reappeared in Finistère.

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