Killing wolves for sport

Wolves in Germany : Wolf apparently kills more than 40 sheep

More than 40 sheep died after a suspected wolf attack in Bad Wildbad (Baden-Württemberg). The wolf is said to have killed most of them, and some had to be killed because of their serious injuries. It is unclear how many animals drowned because they jumped into a nearby stream in a panic. "It was a picture of horror", Anette Wohlfarth, managing director of the State Sheep Breeding Association, described her impressions of the visit to the sheep pasture to the dpa.

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment had initially spoken of 32 ripped sheep and confirmed: "According to the first on-site investigations by the Baden-Württemberg Forest Research and Research Institute (FVA), it is very likely that a wolf is responsible for this." However, certainty is only a genetic one Provide analysis of samples from the dead animals. If it is really true that the cracks are due to a wolf, the shepherd affected can count on rapid compensation.

According to the shepherd's president Wohlfahrt, the herd with over 150 animals was in a fenced area. The wolf may have entered the nearby river. The herd had only come from the stable to the pasture a few days ago. For them, the incident is sad evidence of the long-cherished assumption: "Grazing animals and wolves together do not work across the board in Baden-Württemberg."

Wolf friends such as the Greens and nature conservationists were concerned: "Now it is important to help the shepherd as quickly as possible," said Nabu regional chief Johannes Enssle. And it is important to quickly prepare Baden-Württemberg for the return of the wolves. Such incidents can usually be prevented with effective herd protection.

FDP parliamentary group leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke called on the Greens, however, to end their “romantic wolf sponsorship”. The wolf must be placed under the control of hunting law. “This has also proven itself with protected animal species such as the lynx. As a densely populated country, we have to use better controls to prevent wolves from becoming a problem. "

The majority of German citizens (79 percent) welcomes the fact that the wolf is coming back to live here. This was recently revealed by a representative Forsa survey commissioned by the German Nature Conservation Union (Nabu). For many people, animals are just as much a part of the landscape as foxes, deer or beavers. But some also see risks.

At least four wolves have been sighted in Baden-Württemberg since 2015. There are around 800 wolves nationwide, mainly in Lower Saxony and in eastern Germany. In 2016, over 1,000 farm animals were killed or injured by wolves. Sheep and goats in particular are killed, but also cattle. (dpa)

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