LIFE WILD WOLF – Concrete actions for maintaining wolves wild in anthropogenic landscapes of Europe
Duration of the project:
1. 1. 2023. – 31. 8. 2027.
L’Istituto di Ecologia Applicata (IEA)
Hrvatski lovački savez, Veterinarski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE), Mendel University in Brno, Lower Saxon State Department for Waterway, Coastal and Nature Conservation, Callisto Wildlife and Nature Conservation Society, Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency Greece, University of Torino, Italian Ministry of Defence, Parco nazionale della Maiella, Associação Biópolis, Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration, Muncipality of Paredes de Coura, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Zavod za gozdove Slovenije, University of Ljubljana, Kmetijsko gozdarska zbornica Slovenije
The main goal of the project is to improve (or maintain Favourable) Conservation Status of wolf populations that persist/are expanding into human-dominated landscapes of Europe. The objective of the LIFE WILD WOLF project is to improve conditions for land sharing between wolves and people in urban and peri-urban areas, without losing the ecological roles and cultural identity of wild wolves and local communities. This will be achieved through adequate management of critical situations where wolves show high tolerance for humans, triggering reactions of fear and negative attitude that will hamper its long term conservation and coexistence with humans at EU level. Wolf presence close to settlements increases the possibility of interaction with dogs. This could result in predation on dogs or crossbreeding, both of them representing a threat to long term conservation of wolves, as the former increases hostility of local communities towards wolf presence, and the latter represents a threat to the conservation of the evolution-based resulting genetic pool of wild wolves. The LIFE WILD WOLF specific objectives are: 1. Increased capacity to manage wolves and human behaviour in critically perceived situations in peri-urban areas. 2. Decreased wolf habituation to anthropogenic sources of food and loss of its ecological role, through decreased presence of attractants for wolves in peri-urban areas, including accessible livestock. 3. Increased understanding of wolf behaviour by local people and participatory data collection. 4. Improved understanding of the link between hybridisation and habituation/boldness. 5. Improved estimates of illegal killing and mitigation of root causes. The project will be implemented in eight European countries where wolves are expanding or persist in rural urban and peri-urban areas, touching seven wolf populations. The project will establish 5 new Wolf Emergency intervention Teams and improve capacity of existing teams for wolves or bears.