Filming livestock protection in Austria and Italy

At the beginning of September, the European Wilderness Society team was in the field with a German television crew in Tirol and central Italy to film a new Hannes Jaenicke documentary. The television crew, accompanied by two renowned actors, will make a documentary about the challenges regarding the return of wolves and the challenges of livestock protection. The documentary will air in spring 2021 on the German channel ZDF.

Livestock protection in the alpine mountains

The first stop was Tösens in Tirol, a region which recently confirmed presence of eight different wolves. Tirol is characterised by steep rugged alpine mountains, where intensive livestock farming is still practiced. Many farmers have one or more herds of animals, such as sheep, goats and cows. Thus, they spend most of their time up in the mountain pastures during the summer season. Due to the presence of wolves, it is important that farmers have effective protection measures to avoid depredation. Together with the television crew, we filmed how local farmers use different ways to protect their livestock.

Researching wolves in Italy

In central Italy, one of the densest populations of the Apennine wolf exists in Majella National Park. The park, with a surface of 750 square kilometers, is home to approximately 100 wolves in 10 different packs. The wolves have always been in the area, thus, locals are used to live alongside them. Together with the TV crew, the EWS team looked at how Majella, which is also one of the oldest members of the European Wilderness Network, is performing research on the wolf.

The wolves in Majella are excellent at hunting wildlife, mostly wild boar and deer. Only on rare occasions wolves predate a sheep or goat, usually because of insufficient protection. The researchers of the park management explained to us how they perform research to study the wildlife interaction with wolves, and many more interesting topics.

LIFEstockProtect at livestock protection conference in Salzburg

From January 21st to 23rd, the LIFEstockProtect team will be exhibiting at the livestock protection conference of the LIFE project Eurolargecarnivores and will be available for questions and answers.

The livestock protection conference takes place from 21.1 – 23.1.2020 in Heffterhof in Salzburg. During the three days of the event, a number of speakers will widely address livestock protection.

Participants can learn more about the following topics:

  • Practical examples of livestock protection
  • Influence of fences on wolves, grazing animals and wild animals
  • Financing by the EU and member states
  • Alternative livestock protection measures
  • Livestock protection dogs
  • Everyday professional life and training of shepherds
  • Grazing management

The full program of the conference:

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