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Parliamentary questions
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29 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002476-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

 Subject:  Wolf attacks in Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige: urgent measures needed to protect mountain livestock farming
 Answer in writing 

Farmers and the public in the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige regions are extremely worried about extremely frequent attacks on livestock by wolves. In 2018, 575 animals were killed, injured or went missing in Veneto as a result of wolves attacking herds and flocks. Wolves also represent a threat to public safety as they have been known to attack animals on the outskirts of populated districts and tourist areas. Livestock farmers report that the constant presence of wolf packs, combined with inefficient anti-wolf protection systems and the enormous financial losses engendered by their raids on livestock, is jeopardising survival of the mountain grazing system.

Wolves are no longer at risk of extinction and their extremely rapid proliferation poses a threat to biodiversity and socioeconomic activities in mountain areas. On the other hand, the wolf is a protected animal under the Habitat Directive.

In view of this:
1. Will the Commission review the wolf’s protected species status, given the rapid rise in population numbers at EU level and the fact that the Apennine wolf population has attained favourable conservation status?
2. Will it identify as a matter of urgency areas in the EU with a high livestock density from which wolves must be excluded, so that people are able to pursue activities that are incompatible with the presence of these large carnivores?
3. Will it ensure that livestock farmers are fully compensated not just for the direct damage done by wolf attacks, but also for indirect damages incurred?
Original language of question: IT 
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