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Source: NABU – Naturschutzbund DeutschlandVerbände present concept paper

From 2021 a national competence center “Grazing animals and wolves” is to be set up. A nationwide alliance to which NABU belongs, with eleven associations from agriculture and animal husbandry, hunting, and nature and animal protection welcomes this project.

Herd guard dog lying in front of goats – Photo: Sebastian Hennigs

December 15, 2020 – From 2021 onwards, a national competence center for “grazing animals and wolves” will be set up at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE). The alliance also sees it as urgently necessary to institutionalize the diverse experiences with herd protection in the different wolf regions of Germany at the federal level. In the view of the alliance, herd protection can largely prevent wolf cracks if it is carried out correctly. However, herd protection is complex: Since no region and no pasture are the same, the measures must always be based on the local conditions. The exchange of experiences is essential, and the center is to be financed with 300,000 euros in 2021. This is a start, but hardly sufficient to professionally cover such a complex topic as herd protection. In addition, another federal herd protection program is being cut in favor of the establishment of the center. The alliance has developed a concept paper for the specific design of the center. This includes cornerstones such as research, open exchange, the inclusion of the affected groups as well as training and qualification for advisers from the federal states, who can contact grazing animal owners. According to the budget for 2021, the herd protection center is also to collect data on wolf populations. This is incomprehensible for the associations, as this task is already being reliably fulfilled by the Documentation and Advice Center of the Federal Government on Wolf (DBBW). Dual responsibility creates unnecessary costs and could lead to confusion.

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