Are they enemies to be eliminated no matter the importance to our ecosystems and regardless of their European protection status or is it possible for the wolves to coexist with the predator nr 1.: the human being?

This was the subject of the international cooperation field trip realised thanks to the support of: Bilateral Programme of Slovak Government and Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway 2016, grant from EEA Grants and co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic,

said Zuzka, one of the participant of this project.

In Norway, the decision was made to kill 70% of the wolf population and the discussion reached the media and even the parliament. The Slovak nongovernmental organisation Slovak Wildlife Society in the cooperation with the Norwegian secondary school Sonsterud organised aFIELD TRIP to the Norwegian wild areas. Teachers and students together learned to track large carnivores both theoretically and practically in the field during the winter conditions.

Using this tracking method, we managed to show the differences between the hunter ´s inprecise counting methods and the vast options of scientific methodology we normally use. We discussed also the issues of climatic change and the complex consequences to our lives, challenges for wildlife management and potentially to the large carnivores’ behaviour and numbers, including the possibilities to fight these problems.The important during the field trips is safety, so we have practised the winter and avalanche rescue as well as the safe and responsible behaviour during the field trips in winter wilderness areas. In the nature, everything is interconnected. We concluded  that the arguments are often farfetched to blame our economic loss on wolves or other carnivores. It is important to search for better solutions than killing these animals which are so important to our ecosystems.

concluded Zuzka.

The field trip outputs are shared and worthy for the young people either if they will work in the environmental protection field or tourism.

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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