Balkan wildlife (including wolves) faces extinction threat from border fence to control migrants

From August 11, 2016 The Guardian

Controversial razor-wire fence put up by Slovenia along its border with Croatia could wipe out local bear, lynx and wolf populations, say researchers

Croatian and Slovenian people protest against the border fence in December 2015

The death toll of animals killed by a razor wire fence designed to stop migrants crossing into Europe is mounting, amid warnings that bears, lynx and wolves could become locally extinct if the barrier is completed and consolidated.

The rising tally of dead roe and red deer is still mercifully small, but contested by local people who claim that it is being systematically under-counted.

Slovenia began erecting the barrier across 180km of its river border with Croatia last winter, as a temporary measure to staunch the flow of asylum seekers, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Inadvertently, it has also created a huge obstacle to animals freely moving across the border in a wildlife rich corner of Europe.

But even though the human migration crisis has dramatically eased, Slovenia’s interior ministry is seeking a change in the law to prevent environmental factors from slowing the barrier’s extension.

A government spokesperson said that while refugee numbers were falling, “there are still more than 57,000 migrants in Greece. The situation in Turkey remains very uncertain after the military coup. There is a political crisis in Macedonia, and an increasing number of migrants are gathering in Serbia, which lacks sufficient accommodation capacities. Also, the number of people travelling the migrant route across the Mediterranean to Italy has increased again.”

While the fence is supposed to be a temporary measure, fears that the crisis could be prolonged were heightened when the government signalled its intent to fence its entire 670km border with Croatia in December…. read more.

 

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June 21, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

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June 20, 2016 (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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June 19, 2016 (The Boundary Sentinel)

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June 16, 2016 (Daily Citizen)

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June 16, 2016 (WIFC)

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June 16, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

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June 16, 2016 (CBC News)

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June 16, 2016 (KIRO7)

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June 16, 2016 (Great Lakes Echo)

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June 15, 2016 (Santa Fe Reporter)

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June 15, 2016 (The Spokesman)

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June 14, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

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June 14, 2016 (stltoday)

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June 14, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

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June 13, 2016 (myinforms)

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June 10, 2016 (Santa Fe/New Mexican)

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June 3, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

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June 2, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

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June 1, 2016 (The Local Se)

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Fifth of Finland’s wolves killed in month-long cull

Helsinki (AFP) – Nearly one fifth of Finland’s endangered wolf population was killed in a controversial month-long cull which ended at the weekend, authorities said on Monday.

Authorities gave permits to licensed hunters to kill 46 of Finland’s estimated 250 grey wolves in a cull intended to curb illegal poaching….

Read more courtesy of AFP

The Grey Wolf population in Finland is part of a larger Russian wolf population estimated to be around 30,000. The current population of wolves in Finland is an estimated 200; with the majority of original wolf population decimated by the 1920’s. Finland is one of the largest countries in Europe, about 130,596 sq miles with three quarters taken up by forest in which predatory animals such as bear, wolverine, lynx and wolf still exist.

The grey wolf is listed as Endangered in Finland, and the Finnish government has a wolf management plan to increase the population although met with great resistance and debate in the public and media. Reindeer husbandry and livestock farming cover a third of Finland including traditional wolf habitat. Reindeer herders and Elk hunters alike fear depredation on their livelihoods and take. In addition, much of the Finnish public still believe the wolf to be a threat to human and more specifically child safety.