Several Wolf Attacks: This support is now available to horse owners


For the first time there is also support for measures to protect against wolf attacks for horse keeping. The Chamber of Agriculture of North Rhine-Westphalia is offering a wide range of new services. 

The background to this is, among other things, an expansion of funding from January 1, 2022: in the Lower Rhine "Wolfsgebiet Schermbeck" protective measures for small horses (ponies), foals and young horses are now also financially supported . Here, wolf attacks on insufficiently protected ponies in the narrow home range of the local wolf pack.

Minister Heinen-Esser: "With the innovations, we also want to provide additional support and motivation for the owners of small horses in the most endangered areas to better protect their animals from wolf attacks. On the other hand, we bring together the herd protection advice and support. Before submitting an application for funding, a clarifying consultation should take place. The aim of our wolf policy is to expand and simplify livestock protection funding.”

Problematic wolves should be removed or frightened away

According to the new regulation, conspicuous or problematic wolves should be able to be "scared off" more easily or, in extreme cases, removed. The terms for exceptions to the protective regulations are defined more clearly in the North Rhine-Westphalian ordinance. According to the draft, wolves should, for example, be "scared off" if they approach people or inhabited buildings at a distance of less than 30 meters.

The removal of a wolf in the Schermbeck area is not possible despite numerous tears from sheep, goats and recently also ponies, since this requires the repeated overcoming of sufficient herd protection in a spatially and temporally close connection. In addition, wolves are strictly protected under EU and national nature conservation law.

Wolves in North Rhine-Westphalia

In North Rhine-Westphalia, three wolf packs and one individual live in four wolf areas with buffer zones (Senne, Schermbeck, Oberbergisches Land and Eifel). This means that livestock protection measures are being promoted on a third of the state. There are currently seven adult wolves with puppies from three packs. This means that the number of adult, sedentary wolves has not increased compared to the previous year.

Two of the three packs stay only partially in North Rhine-Westphalia. They live on the land borders. In addition, there is an indefinite number of migrating individual animals, some of which stay in North Rhine-Westphalia for days, some for weeks and then leave North Rhine-Westphalia again. For comparison: In Germany , a total of 157 packs, 27 pairs and nine resident individuals were reported for the current counting period 2020/2021.

In 2020 and 2021, the state supported grazing animal husbandry nationwide with around 1.5 million euros each for wolf prevention measures and for compensation. Additional funding is planned for 2022.


Post a Comment