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Parliamentary questions
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27 March 2017
Question for written answer E-002078-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Igor Šoltes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Protection of wolves
 Answer in writing 

The Slovenian Government has announced that in 2017 it will authorise a cull of 10 wolves out of a total estimated population of 50. The wolf is a protected species in Slovenia and their numbers alone make it clear that a cull is entirely unnecessary. This measure has been decided despite research by EU-funded SloWolf showing that the proposed method breaks up packs, leading to more attacks on animals since lone wolves are unable to hunt effectively. According to monitoring data, last year there were just four viable packs in Slovenia.

A cull would therefore threaten the stability of the population, according to wildlife experts. A leading researcher at the Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana says that culling up to four alpha males, which are vital to the functioning of packs, would create even more problems. It would have entirely the opposite effect to that sought and cause even greater damage. In recent years, efforts to raise awareness and improve the protection of grazing sheep and goats have brought about a substantial reduction in the damage the wolves are claimed to cause, and which is the main reason for the cull.

— What is the Commission’s opinion on Member States’ protection of biodiversity, particularly with regard to endangered species?— Does the Commission believe there is a need for stricter protection at European level?

Original language of question: SL 
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