As a wilderness advocate has informed us, Slovenia continues to allow the killing of wolves and bears. Already back in 2010 they allowed hunters to kill 75 brown bears and 12 wolves with the false argument to limit the damage they do to crops and livestock and prevent numbers of growing.
This week the Government of Slovenia stated it was permitting the killing in 2017 of 10 wolves (more than 20 per cent of the population), including 4 alpha males. This decision is supposedly based on ‘expert’ advice from the country’s forestry commisssion. However, it goes against the evidence of the EU-funded research project SloWolf which showed that killing wovles breaks up packs and leads to more attacks on livestock. With fewer than 50 wolves in the country, why do any have to be killed at all? Of course, the hunting lobby has a large influence here: at the same time 113 bears are also going to be killed. And yet both wolves and bears are protected species. David Limon
It is very clear that these killings disturb the population, increase the live stock depreciation and furthermore goes against any scientific based research. Let´s also remember that the Wolf Slavko (part of the SloWolf project) emigrated from Slovenia via Austria along the Alps to Italy and settled in the Trentino area in 2011 adding to the genetic pool of the Italian wolf populations. He now leads a wolf pack in Italy.
It is a pattern that we see all too often across Europe. Politicians, often tied closely to the Hunting Associations fail to protect the species that are supposed to be protected by the Flora and Fauna Habitat Directive of the EU. They always use the same argument of protecting the live stock, mainly sheep. Considering that for example in the alps 99% of the dead sheep every year die due to storms, lighting, lack of oversight by shepherdess and due to the steepness of the mountains, such argument are debunked. In fact, too often the sheep owners are just too lazy to guard their sheep and typically also ignore all measures to protect their flocks. Gudrun Pflüger, Large Carnivore Specialist