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Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-003659/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Rosanna Conte (ID), Alessandro Panza (ID)
 Subject: Wolf management in Alpago

In recent years, sheep numbers in Alpago have fallen significantly owing to wolf attacks.

These uncontrolled attacks are having a severe impact on livestock farming in that they force small farmers to work harder to ensure that fencing is secure, and occasion financial and moral damage owing to the decline in flock size, especially in the case of very small flocks reared out of passion and using traditional local methods.

The measures adopted to date to protect sheep seem to be ineffective and there are fears that the wolf population will increase, including as a result of the derogations from the Habitats Directive adopted by neighbouring countries. Besides this, the inhabitants of the area and tourists are starting to feel less safe, as they fear meeting the wolves themselves.

The role of sheep in protecting biodiversity and the landscape of Alpago is widely recognised, but there is a risk that farmers will abandon farming because this problem is not being properly managed.

Can the Commission answer the following questions with a view to providing farmers with proper solutions and the means to achieve them:

1. What stage has been reached in the LIFE MIRCO-wolf and LifePluto projects, and with what results?

2. What stage has been reached in the wolf census?

3. Will the Commission propose specific management programmes and a strategy to stop wolves moving towards urban areas, given the increase in wolf sightings?

Original language of question: IT
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