RADICAL BREAKTHROUGH IN HUNTING WOLVES

 The wolf in Slovakia has been under long-term severe hunting pressure. Since 1968 when rcords began 3,934 wolves have been shot. The annual total was about 85 wolves. Following the introduction of quotas for wolf hunting in 2010, essentially nothing has changed. In 2013, as a result of criticism by the European Commission, national and foreign NGOs, Slovakia acceded to strong action to prevent further culling. This included a ban of hunting in many Sites of Community Importance, the prohibition of drive hunts, and a check of each carcass by Government inspectors. Killed wolves have to be left on the shooting spot without disturbance until the arrival of the inspector. For the hunting season 2013 - 2014 a quota for 80 wolves was set, but because of the newly introduced hunting regulations only 26 individuals were shot.

 

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