by Malcolm Curtis|The Local Switzerland|July 15, 2013
Authorities in the canton of Bern have authorized the shooting of a wild lynx that has been poaching sheep in the Kander Valley.
Wildlife officials from the canton made the decision in consultation with those in the cantons of Fribourg and Vaud, as well as the federal office of the environment, the ATS news agency reported on Monday.
The female lynx killed six sheep between June 22nd and July 4th.
Betrayed by its radio transmitter collar, the pointy-eared wild cat attacked three different herds in the municipality of Kandergrund, the Bern cantonal office of agriculture and nature said.
According to the guidelines governing the management of lynx, a specimen can be ordered destroyed if it kills 15 livestock animals over a one-year period within a perimeter of five kilometres.
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