Summary of the meeting held on March 67 2018 in Brussels/EU Committee  on” Large Carnivores Management Plans of protection in the EU countries “

 

Introduction:

Statements by Mrs. Pietikainen-MEP-EU

  • Social reasons are no reasons for hunting,
  • Those countries that are neighbouring EU countries should apply similar regulation as the EU countries on LC management plans and protection. Many species are cross bordering by nature or have seasonal patterns.

Statements by Pascal Durand MEP,  the Green Party/France:

  • The new French government has launched a new plan for wolf conservation and limits its numbers to 500 individuals (all over France)
  • In order to establish a viable bear population in the Pyrenees the French government should come up with realistic plans and sufficient funding
  • Most probably 0-2 bears will be released in the western section (BEARN) of the Pyrenees. Time schedule: autumn 2018 or spring 2019. There is no official announcement at this moment.

Dr. Guillaume Chapron:

  • Is culling an hunting ( bear-wolf) an effective method of avoiding conflicts?
  • Threats to humans are low, no casualty has been recorded. More incidents by wild boar
  • Due to lack of information, knowledge, misinformation and fake news there is a strong myth on wolfs
  • Many groups of interest (farmers, hunters) play this card
  • The effect of hunting can lower the poaching ratios
  • Hunting is non selective culling; this can harm the population structure of a species
  • TO ANSWER HUNTING IS Y/N A CONSERVATION THREAT?

Dr Francesca Marucco  LIFE Wolf Alps/Italy:

Because of better information and materials damage can be reduced to almost 0%.
Methods implemented and controlled:

  • fencing of herds at night time,
  • guarding at night time (physical-techniques),
  • dogs all day around,
  • develop pools for drinking in the area to attract wolfs (mostly),
  • acceptance of projects and trials by the professionals (farmers, shepherds, hunters) is essential for a successful project,
  • add economic elements as a beneficial bonus for the farmers/cs, avoid subventions, but make them work for money,
  • no protection is NO COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE
  • to be successful in such a project:
    1) TIME
    2) ACCEPTANCE
    3) HANDLE CONFLICTS PROPERLY
    4) MAKE PROBLEM ANALYSES TOGETHER

 

L Willneger FACE- (European Hunting Association):

Why hunting wolf and bear:

  • reduces impact to farmers,
  • limit veterinary contamination to cattle,
  • reduces costs of compensations of LC attack.

Willneger quoted (not verified) that the annual damage on agricultural industry is around € 400,- billion. Sounds crazy?
Nb.: presentation sounds similar to their presentation in Saanen-Ch, at the LCIE conference.

 

Illiana di Sivestre- Eurogroup for animals:

Eurogroup was asked by the EU committee to “produce” this study. Time was short and thus  a selective number of interviews and many relevant information was not available. Other ngo’s and groups and institutions will be asked to comment and to add information. Most of the presentations focussed on wolf as the main problem species, which is just area bounded (see Pyrenees). In this study no attention was paid to e.g. stray dogs and birds of prey as possible nuisance species.

Gerard Baars will come up with suggestions what organizations can be consulted.

Dr. D. van Liere, CABWIM /NL:

Recent study was published at Elsevier on the attacks on wolf in Slovenia. He is cooperating with the Tech. University in Ljubljana to develop features that can avoid attacks and/or to give signals to the flocks that danger is around the  corner:

  • necklace for sheep with some voltage to frighten wolf after biting,
  • sensor techniques to give signals to herds when wolfs are in the neighbourhood.

 

Gerard Baars-International Bear Foundation/NL  9 March 2018

Summary of the “Large Carnivores Management Plans of protection in the EU countries” meeting