Germany has made it easier for farmers to kill wild wolves. A new law should help farmers better protect their livestock now that the wolf population in Germany is on the rise.
After months of debate, German lawmakers agreed on Thursday to a new law that makes it easier for farmers to lethally shoot wolves in order to protect their livestock.
Livestock farmers will have the right to shoot wild wolves if they are causing “serious damage” to their animals. Formerly, farmers were only allowed to shoot if the wolves threatened the farmer’s livelihood.
The new law permits killing wolves up until the point that there are no more attacks on farm animals in an area, even if it means killing an entire wolf pack.
Farmers are authorized to shoot a wolf regardless of whether that specific animal is responsible for attacking a herd. Wolf-dog hybrids may also be shot.
via Germany relaxes law on shooting wolves | News | DW | 20.12.2019