Jackals have attacked and killed dozens of sheep in a village in southern Romania—the second time in the last week in the region– officials said.
The prefect’s office in the county of Dolj said the attack occurred at a farm overnight Saturday, Agerpres news agency reported
Dolj prefect Dan Diaconu, the director of the regional veterinary office and hunting officials went to the farm in the village of Rojişte to inspect the aftermath.
A week ago, jackals attacked a sheep farm in the same county. The mayor of the village of Calarasi where it happened said it was common knowledge that jackals prowled through the village because of a lack of food in their normal habitat in the wild.
„The jackals left their usual habitat and attacked (sheep) on a man’s land. It’s everyone’s fault, really. There are fallow fields everywhere and food waster around the village. This means the jackals will keep coming here,” Sorin Sandu, the mayor of Călărași said.
In 2020, Romania had a population of some 15,000 jackals, according to wildlife experts. Their numbers have been increasing by about 3,000 a year.
Jackals are wolf-like carnivores of the dog species like hyenas.