March 8th, the final decision has been postponed until March 30th.
25. February 2017 from our colleague Dario Botti: According to Rinaldo Sidoli, the Wolf plan (Piano Lupo in Italian) is postponed for the second time, and it could be postponed to March 9, for the final vote. The Minister Galletti (Environment) wants to maintain the permit to kill wolves, although there is a majority of 11 regions against the slaughter.
Update 1. February 2017: The decision about the Wolf plan has been postponed to February 23th (technical panel) and to a second date to be finally decided (political and final decision).
Original Story 26. January 2017: As most of you may have heard, Italy has approved the new Italian Wolf plan. This new Wolf plan includes derogations (killing) up to a maximum of 5% of the wolf population. This is what we know from the official communication of the government and from Media and this is nothing unexpected. We are trying to find out more about the details to clarify such questions:
- Why should 5% of the Wolf population be killed at all?
- 5% of what population: the total Italian population or the appennine or the alpine one or of the regional population?
- Does the 5% include the current increasing number of Wolves illegally poached or not?
- Who is the allowed to kill the wolves?
- What about the permission procedures?
- Who will decide which wolves, where and by whom to be killed?
As soon as our Italian partners know more about this evolving story, we will inform you and update this website.
After Daniza, now this! This is a total failure not only of the bureaucrats but also of the scientific community and the NGOs in Italy. Italy was a Best practice example on how to support and manage the return of the large carnivores. The concept, that the Wolf is a protected species in the EU is becoming a farce. Why do we have European Legislation, if any country can override them and decide that the Wolf can be hunted and killed? Gudrun Pflüger, Large Carnivore Expert, European Wilderness Society