Will wolves soon be coming to the big cities more often?
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The German Hunting Association assumes that there will be regular sightings of wolves in large cities in the future.
Vice-President and Wolf Representative Helmut Dammann-Tamke told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung: “It's not like in Grimm's fairy tales that wolves only roam through dark forests.
In our cultural landscape there are hardly any. ”In view of the“ exponential growth ”of the wolf population in this country, there will also be corresponding encounters in urban centers.
The Ministry of the Environment in Lower Saxony had previously reported a possible sighting of wolves in a city park in Hanover, which is now viewed as "very unlikely".
In Berlin, the settlement of a pack of wolves a good 30 kilometers from the city center in the Döberitzer Heide has been confirmed.
A wolf was spotted in Cologne in May.
Treat the wolf with tolerance?
Dammann-Tamke compared the situation of wolves with that of wild boars. The animals are as intelligent as wolves. Wild boars can now be seen in Berlin even in broad daylight because they have learned that people do not pose a threat. "Why shouldn't this learning effect also occur in wolves?" Dammann-Tamke told the newspaper. The wolf is no longer just an issue in the country. The urban population will have to ask themselves whether they want to and can continue to treat the predator with the greatest possible tolerance.
Nobody can guarantee that such encounters with wolves will always be peaceful.
It is possible that dogs are recognized as competitors and attacked.
The people in the cities now have to live with this concern, said Dammann-Tamke.
This has been the case for a long time in rural regions.
For example, the Schermbeck wolf area was designated in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2018.
A wolf is said to have torn a pony last there.
He assumes that the further spread of the predators will soon change the political discussion, said Dammann-Tamke.
»In federal states with large wolf populations, we cannot avoid targeted population regulation.
This is the only way to defuse the conflict. "
ptz / AFP