On the 19th of August 3 members of the European Wilderness Society drove to Postojna where we would participate in wolf howling as part of a census for wolf populations in Slovenia. Pulling off the
Recently, we have reported on the government approved emergency cull of wolves in Slovenia due to an increase in livestock attacks on often insufficient protected sheep compared to last year. Now, the conflict between farmers
In Slovenia, an annual bear and wolf cull is in place with the purpose of reducing carnivore damages. Normally, experts suggest the cull quota for both species, which then passes through the parliament. However, this
The Netherlands is a country that largely depends on its agriculture. Damages to grasses and crops are therefore compensated by the provinces. The latest statistics summarise how many euros of damage wildlife caused in 2018:
Breaking news from The Netherlands, the country now has its first wolf pack. The development of wolves in The Netherlands is quickly changing, as it was just five months ago that experts confirmed the first
Scientists have widely studied the impact of wolves on the ecosystems. The famous example from Yellowstone shows how ungulate behaviour changed, resulting in a landscape transformation. Another example is the relation between wolves and swine
On June 7th and 8th, the European Wilderness Society will be meeting the organisations of the European Alliance for Wolf Conservation in Helsinki. The annual general meeting is attended by partners from Spain, Germany, France,
Having read the growing number of comments on our blog about wolves, I get a feeling that an increasing number of people in Europe love wolves. So that started me thinking to do some research
Since February 2019, experts spoke of the first settled wolf in The Netherlands after 150 years of absence. A remarkable achievement, displaying the natural resilience to ever changing environments and human impact. Many people did
In most of Spain, people hunted wolves virtually to extinction during the last century. In the region of Madrid, the last individuals disappeared 70 years ago. However, back in 2013 nature conservationists captured two adult
The Italian government has taken the decision to reject demands from Italian farmers to kill wolves. Instead, the Italian government is focussing on a new management plan, that they recently launched. Italy is home to
The depredation of livestock by wolves is increasingly becoming an issue, especially to the thousands of small sheep owners in the alpine regions. Many people see the solutions involving electrical fences, livestock guarding dogs and
Finland is leading the charts in areas such as technological innovation, standard of living and access to education. However, according to the latest Environmental Performance Index for the protection of biodiversity and natural habitats, Finland
With the wolf population steadily growing in Europe, wolves are expanding again to new territories. As wolves can easily travel large distances, the expansion happens at a fast speed. In some areas faster than people
The provincial government of Schleswig-Holstein recently decided to only pay compensation for lifestock losses if proper herd protection measures where in place. The decision obliges farmers with more than 500 sheep to put up herd
There are 117 000 golden jackal in Europe, according to a recent assessment by IUCN. This is a huge number of animals to go relatively unnoticed by the European public, especially in comparison to the
Slovakia is one of the EU countries that still conducts legal wolf killing, despite strict protection. How much longer will Slovakia continue this?
It is another milestone in the movement towards a more nature-friendly society in one of the busiest Western European countries.
Many wolf opponents keep raising the argument of a high rate of hybridisation as a reason to shoot wolves. However, a recent long-term study from Switzerland came to the result that the dog introgression in the Swiss wolf population is very limited.
Researchers compared mDNA of different jackals with wolves, leading to the rediscovery of an ancient lineage of wolves, living in Africa.