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. The first packs have established themselves in Saxony. From there, the wolves have now spread to seven German states. Since 2015 there have been repeated sightings of wolves in Baden-Württemberg, which show that it is only a matter of time that Isegrim will sooner or later also return to the southwest of Germany. A "resident" wolf is only spoken of if a wolf can be proven to be in an area for at least six months. Wolves can come to Baden-Württemberg from the north and east of Germany as well as from the Italian-French Alps. In search of new territories, young wolves often travel many hundreds of kilometres.

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. As a first step EuroNatur, working with a group of experts, 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. The expert group is currently working on the further development of a wolf management plan that is suitable for dealing with resident wolves.

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. 
  • EuroNatur is committed to supporting lifestock farmers in the case of a permanent settlement of wolves in Baden-Württemberg in preventive measures to protect their herds.

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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