Gamtos Apsaugos Asociacija Baltijos Vilkas care about the Baltic Wolf and Golden Jackal
Over the last weeks, our colleagues Vlado Vancura and Otto Dibelius visited several potential wilderness areas in eastern and northern Europe. During their visit to Lithuania, they met in Vilnius with Lina Paskeviciute and Indre Kabisiute from “Gamtos Apsaugos Asociacija Baltijos Vilkas (Baltic Wolfs)” to discuss mutual cooperation. This NGO is based in Vilnius and closely engaged in the protection of large carnivores in the Baltic States. They also promote herd protection activities of local farmers.
This year, Baltic Wolfs is celebrating they 10th anniversary. Over the last decade they have focused on promoting coexistence with humans and large carnivores. While most of their focus goes to large carnivores, especially wolf, they also observe and react to things happening to other mammal species.
One of the main their topics is wolf-livestock conflicts. Promoting herd protection measures is one way, but also on an international policy level there are major challenges. These require coordinated cooperations, especially for a small country like Lithuania. Find more about their project here.
Golden jackal monitoring
Besides the Baltic wolves, the NGO is also focusing on the developments regarding the Golden Jackal. The Golden Jackal is a new species to Lithuania. Two years ago, Lithuanian institutions tried to include it to the list of invasive species. Baltic Wolfs contributed to fighting against this decision, together with independent researchers. The NGO has some experienced wildlife trackers and is now also tracking and monitoring the golden jackals in Lithuania.