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Predators attack sheep, goats in Akkar

Goats sit under a juniper tree in Dinnieh, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A group of wild animals, most likely wolves, attacked a farm overnight Sunday in the northern region of Akkar.

The suspected wolves devoured six goats and sheep in the attack that took place at around 1:30 a.m. and injured six others.

The livestock, owned by Hasan Merhebi, is located in the vicinity of the Akkar town of Oyoun al-Ghezlan.

Merhebi's loss is estimated at more than LL10 million.

The wounded sheep are also not likely to survive long as they were severely mauled by the predators.

Merhebi said that he heard the sheep bleating overnight but when he reached the farm, the attack had already happened and it was too late.

The town’s mayor, Khaled Merhebi, appealed to Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb to send an inspection committee to the farm and to compensate the farmer, “who lost more than half his capital.”

He also stressed the need for finding necessary measures to protect against wolves and prevent similar attacks.

 

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