Protecting wolves in Croatia

Safeguarding populations

© Joachim Flachs
© Joachim Flachs

The population of wolves in the forests of Croatia has been dwindling rapidly since the beginning of the 1970s - the reasons for this are the increasing fragmentation of the habitats through road construction and housing developments. In addition the quota of wolves legally hunted has been too high because of a lack of data on the population numbers. Wolves have also again and again been the victims of poaching.


Preventing conflicts
To counter this development the Croatian Nature Conservation Authority set up a team of experts, so-called wolf inspectors. Counselled by scientists it is their task to survey and collect data on the wolf population and work to avoid conflicts between people and wolves, for in Croatia, too, livestock is quite frequently lost and wolves are made responsible.

 


What actions is EuroNatur taking for the protection of wolves?

  • Creating reliable databases: We support the wolf inspectors in the collecting of reliable data on the wolf population.
  • Protecting habitats: We are campaigning for large-scale conservation areas between Croatia and Slovenia. This project promises to protect important habitats and corridors for wildlife such as wolf, bear and lynx to roam along.
  • Stabilising the population: We are working with our partners to tackle the problem of poaching in order to safeguard the level of the wolf populations in the long term.
  • Connecting habitats: In cooperation with the University of Zagreb EuroNatur is developing concepts for measures to limit or avoid the negative impact of transport infrastructure on wolves and other wildlife, for instance through the construction of wildlife crossings such as green bridges. Read more about the EuroNatur project Trans-European Wildlife Networks (TEWN)

 


What we have so far been able to achieve – a selection of important successes

  • Working together with our Croatian partners we have succeeded in achieving the statutory protection of wolves.
  • The building of several green bridges along the Croatian motor ways has greatly mitigated the negative impact of this transport infrastructure on wildlife such as the wolf.
  • Our pilot projects on the protection of livestock have created conditions for a reduction or avoidance of conflicts between wolf and man.
  • In cooperation with our partners we have developed a wolf management plan for Croatia.



Partner: Large Carnivore Conservation Project of the University of Zagreb

Sponsorship: EuroNatur donors and sponsors

 

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