Protecting wolves in Germany

Paving the way for their return

© Wolf Steiger
© Wolf Steiger


Wolves in Baden-Württemberg?
Since the 1990s wolves have repeatedly found their way into Germany from Poland. In the meantime a number of wolf packs have established themselves firmly in Lausitz. It is only a question of time before the grey-coated raiders will return to the South West of Germany. Admittedly at present the closest population of wolves is in the Italian-French Alps but young wolves often travel many hundreds of kilometres in search of new territory.

We are preparing ourselves
The long absence of wolves in the South-West of Germany means that people have no experience of them. To ensure a peaceful coexistence between wolf and man it is important to diffuse the potential for conflicts before the first wolves make their appearance. Working with a group of experts EuroNatur has developed “Guidelines for dealing with Wolves” so that the foundation for an effective management of wolves in Baden-Württemberg is already laid. The Guidelines contain advice on dealing with lone wolves entering the area.


What actions is EuroNatur taking for wolves in Germany?

  • Smoothing the path for wolves: We wish to help overcome people's prejudices against wolves using scientifically supported information and explanation and so prepare them for the return of wolves.
  • Building trust: EuroNatur and NABU Baden-Württemberg have offered to be the sponsor for the so-called “Wolf Compensation Fund”. This would guarantee livestock farmers rapid, unbureaucratic financial compensation in cases of wolf attacks on flocks. 
  • Avoiding conflicts: EuroNatur is working to ensure that livestock farmers are supported in setting up preventive measures for the protection of their herds and flocks should wolves establish a lasting presence in Baden-Württemberg.


Partner: EuroNatur is a member of the working group on Wolves in the Baden-Württemberg Lynx Association (AG Luchs Baden Württemberg)

Sponsoring: EuroNatur donors and sponsors

 


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