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Verona wolf-killing decree sparks anger

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Animal rights activists in Italy have hit back at a decree which allows people to kill wolves.

The Mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, permitted farmers to shoot the animals if they or their flocks or are threatened.

Tosi says that wolves are not a local animal and they are causing fear and economic damage.

Thirty-seven animals, including cows, sheep and donkeys, have been attacked since May 2014, according to Italian Forest rangers.

The WWF estimates that already as it stands around 20 percent of Italian wolves are killed illegally each year.