Animals: EU Commission wants to lower protection status for wolves

The European Commission wants to relax the strict protection rules for wolves.

Animals: EU Commission wants to lower protection status for wolves

The European Commission wants to relax the strict protection rules for wolves. The Brussels authority said it was proposing to lower the wolf's status from "strictly protected" to "protected".

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the return of the wolf was good news for biodiversity in Europe. However, the density of wolf packs in some European regions has now become a real danger, particularly for livestock farming.

“Local authorities are calling for greater flexibility for the active management of critical wolf populations,” she said. "This should be facilitated at European level and the process launched by the Commission today is an important step towards this." Von der Leyen had previously called on municipalities to boldly use the current scope for shooting problematic wolves.

The EU Commission announced in September that it wanted to decide on the basis of new data whether, in its view, the protection status of the wolf should be changed. It is now up to the member states to decide on the proposal.

If it is accepted, it would then have to be submitted to the other contracting parties to the so-called Berne Convention for approval. This is intended to ensure the conservation of European wild plants and animals and their natural habitats throughout Europe and beyond.

Communication from the Commission

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