Wolf Pack Rampages in Georgian Village, Kills Livestock, Fowl

A wolf pack ran amok in a western Georgian village, killing livestock and chickens, leading authorities to mobilize a team of hunters to protect the area.

“The wolves have killed as many as 100 farm animals in the village recently,” said Roman Rekvava, mayor of the village of Sajijao. “They prowl through the village at night,” he said in comments broadcast on Imedi television today.

Hunting wolves is illegal in Georgia, though the government gives “full rights” to rural residents to defend themselves against wolves and other wild animals, according to the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources.

A pack of wolves in February attacked and killed a man as he slept on the ground near his home in a mountain village in the Kakheti region.

Georgian villages in Kakheti were attacked by wolves several times last year. In February 2009, wolves killed a woman, leading authorities to hand out weapons to locals for self-defense. Two weeks earlier, the animals mauled a woman in the area, seriously injuring her throat.

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