Germany relaxes laws on wolf culling amid attacks on livestock

Germany slightly relaxed its tough laws on the culling of wolves on Wednesday, amid concern growing numbers pose a threat to livestock.Under new rules introduced by Angela Merkel’s government, licensed hunters will be called in to shoot wolves where there have been clear attacks on livestock.As it is often impossible to tell which animal carried out an attack, the reform raises the possibility that entire packs will be shot.Previously it was only permitted to cull wolves that could be shown to pose a threat to human safety.

Source: Germany relaxes laws on wolf culling amid attacks on livestock

Wolves return to Germany – along with anti-immigrant hostilities | The Independent

They struck at dawn and left a trail of blood and body parts. There were six, maybe seven perpetrators. One had calmly passed Annett Hertweck’s car as she was speeding down the forest path to the scene of the massacre near the eastern village of Forstgen, Germany. Only then did she see the bodies. Dozens of them.“It was horrific,” she says. The culprits were wolves, descended from Polish forebears. The victims were German sheep, 55 of them. Extinct for the best part of a century, Germany’s most notorious fairytale baddie is back. Wolves have been slipping across the Polish border for years, gradually settling into rural Germany. There are only a few hundred of them.But to hear some politicians tell it, the country is facing an invasion. And the way they talk about wolves is strikingly similar to how they talk about immigrants, turning the animal into an object of terror – and the discussion into an allegory for the nation’s simmering culture wars. Between urban elites and rural left-behinds. Between west and east. And also between those who welcome wolves – and immigrants – and those who fear them.

Source: Wolves return to Germany – along with anti-immigrant hostilities | The Independent

Pastirski psi: Odkar imajo tornjake, je čreda ovac neokrnjena | Dnevnik

Andrej in Aleš Sedmak sta že pred leti ugotovila, da so tornjaki zelo dobri pastirski psi, če jih pravilno vzgojiš. To so spoznali tudi na Zavodu za gozdove Slovenije, ki bo rejcem drobnice financiral dve tretjini stroškov ob nakupu tornjaka.

Source: Pastirski psi: Odkar imajo tornjake, je čreda ovac neokrnjena | Dnevnik

Un rapport scientifique estime que trop de loups sont tués en France – Sciences et Avenir

TIRS. Tuer des loups pour réduire leurs attaques sur les troupeaux de moutons principalement sur les estives de l’arc alpin, est-ce une méthode efficace ? Sans pour autant repousser ces mesures d’abattages, les experts de l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS) et du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) soulignent que personne n’est capable aujourd’hui d’affirmer que ces tirs atteignent bien leur objectif. Les auteurs de cette “démarche d’évaluation prospective à l’horizon 2025/2030 et viabilité à long terme” du loup en France appellent de leur vœux une gestion plus intelligente de l’espèce. Aujourd’hui, affirment-ils, l’autorisation de tuer 36 individus produit un taux de mortalité de l’ensemble de la population qui met en danger la pérennité du loup en France.

Source: Un rapport scientifique estime que trop de loups sont tués en France – Sciences et Avenir

German environment minister Schulze takes aim at wolves | News | DW | 03.03.2019

Farmers should be allowed to shoot wolves that cause “serious agricultural damage,” Germany’s Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said in an interview. She aims to change the laws that are protecting the predators.

Source: German environment minister Schulze takes aim at wolves | News | DW | 03.03.2019

Pictures and video: men rescue wolf they mistake for a dog – Estonian news

Construction workers saved what they believed was a dog but later turned out to be a wolf trapped on the ice on the Sindi dam. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamäe and Erki Väli are doing dredging work on the dam. When they arrived at the site this morning, the men noticed an animal trapped on the dam, swimming in a soup of ice.

Source: Pictures and video: men rescue wolf they mistake for a dog – Estonian news

El Consejo de Caza aprueba el Plan de gestión del lobo, que podría entrar en vigor en marzo | El Diario Montañes

El Consejo Regional de Caza ha aprobado el plan de gestión del lobo, en el que se elimina la consideración del lobo en relación con actividades turísticas o recreativas, y que el Gobierno espera que pueda entrar en vigor en marzo.El Consejo Regional de Caza ha estado presidido por el consejero de Medio Rural, Jesús Oria, y ha contado con la participación de representantes de asociaciones de caza, conservacionistas y de ayuntamientos.

Source: El Consejo de Caza aprueba el Plan de gestión del lobo, que podría entrar en vigor en marzo | El Diario Montañes