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Wolf shot by farmer after sheep torn apart

The shooting of a wolf by a farmer in Carinthia has fuelled concerns about how protected wild animals reintroduced to the area can live alongside local agriculturalists.

The wolf was shot in the Spittal an der Drau district after the animal allegedly ripped apart several sheep owned by the farmer. In response, the farmer, who is also a hunter, grabbed his shotgun and killed the animal.

Wolves are being increasingly spotted in the area after efforts to introduce them back to Europe but are viewed by some as a 'problem animal', along with the fifteen bears and several lynxes that have also recently returned to the area.

A bear in nearby Switzerland recently worried locals after it killed dozens of sheep and was seen wandering next to a motorway.

Although the wolf in Carinthia is protected in principle, the farmer according to local officials was allowed to defend his property. "From the current point of view he has committed no legal violation," said FPOe councillor Christian Ragger.

Politicians in the area are also calling for farmers whose animals are killed by these 'problem animals' to receive compensation for their losses.

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