In the first half of this year wolves killed 138 sheep in the Netherlands, but the total for 2017 was less than 20, a wolf expert told the BBC.It is a new problem for the Dutch – March 2015 was the first time for 150 years that a wolf had been confirmed roaming in the Netherlands.Dogs kill far more sheep every year.Maurice La Haye, a biologist at the Dutch Mammal Society, said: “It’s very difficult to protect against a lone wolf – you can place electric fences round the sheep, but it’s expensive.”
»Čezmejno sodelovanje in ekosistemske storitve za dolgoročno ohranjanje populacij velikih zveri v severnih Dinaridih« je polno ime projekta, ki bo uradno zaživel 1. septembra 2018 in se bo izvajal 30 mesecev, do konca februarja 2021. Projekt, v katerem je vodilni partner Biotehniška fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani, se bo pričel 1. septembra 2018 in zaključil konec februarja 2021. Finančno ga je z 2.347.340,64 € podprl program sodelovanja Interreg V-A Slovenija – Hrvaška.
They have clashed over immigration, vaccinations and big infrastructure projects, but now the two parties in Italy’s fractious coalition have their claws out over wolves.Sharply differing stances have emerged between the hard-Right League and the populist Five Star Movement over what to do about the country’s burgeoning wolf population.Driven almost to extinction in Italy by the 1970s but then given protection, there are now around 2,000 wild wolves in Italy.Around 1,500 live in the Apennine mountains that form the country’s spine and the rest in the Alps.Hailed by conservationists as a success story, the wolves are loathed by many farmers, who say they kill their livestock.There have been protests by landowners, especially in mountain areas, where the large expanses of land mean it is harder to protect flocks with electric fences.
A recent census by wildlife agency l’Office National de la Chasse et la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS) counted 430 wolves across the country, with a number of areas showing permanent growth in population.Wolf and lynx numbers are counted using over 750 reference points, including paw prints, observations, automatic photographs, hair shedding and animal remains.The new figure represents an increase of almost 20% compared to end of last winter, when numbers were estimated at just 360.Yet, the agency is seeking to continue its “Wolf Plan (Plan Loup)” to grow the numbers to 500 by 2020, “as part of a demographic progression nationally and globally”.
When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, they had dramatic impacts on parts of Northwestern United States. Decades later, a wealthy landowner wants to try a limited version of that experiment — in the Scottish Highlands.Englishman Paul Lister is hoping to see the ancient Caledonian Forest of Scotch pine, alder and mountain ash regenerated, and wildlife long absent from the Highlands return. But as happened with the Yellowstone project, he’s running into strong opposition.
IN THE 20th century the wolves that populated German fairy tales—such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, published by the Grimm brothers in 1812—were an anachronism. Hunters had wiped them out over the course of the 19th century; the last was killed in 1904. For decades the animals were confined to Europe’s east. Then came the end of the cold war, improved forest conservation standards, tighter rules on hunting, and the demilitarisation of border zones. Grey wolves started moving west, crossing from Poland into Germany around the turn of the millennium.
April 4, 2018 Dombrot-le-Sec, France—An icy rain whips through Benoît Gille’s wild gray hair as he rounds up his herd of 400 sheep with his wife, Ghislaine. Mud clinging to their boots, the couple pour hay into several troughs in fields tucked among the rolling green hills of the Vosges region in eastern France.It’s a picturesque, peaceful country scene – for now. But the threat of a wolf attack is always looming. Despite protective fencing and seven guard dogs, the Gilles have lost more than 60 sheep to wolf attacks in the last year, causing intense emotional and financial strain that has almost broken them.