“Across the Board” – WWF Appeals Tyrolean Wolf Order


The environmental protection organization WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) has announced that it will appeal the decision to kill the wolf “185 MATK”. The state of Tyrol released it last week after the animal is said to have killed 41 sheep. According to the WWF, a general assessment is made, the same applies to the area demarcations. Another criticism is that alternatives to shooting have not been considered.

WWF’s Christian Pichler assumes that the state’s decision will not stand, just like last year. At the time, the state administrative court, after complaints from NGOs, overturned the decision to kill the wolf “MATK 118”. The animal eventually survived. The complaint in the current case should be filed next week, it said. In total, this is possible up to four weeks after the decision has been issued, whereby this has no suspensive effect. Specifically, the shooting order – as reported – provides for an exception to protection throughout the year until October 31 in 39 hunting areas.

Geisler: “Loss of reality”
The wolf is accused of killing 41 sheep. The responsible vice-governor Josef Geisler (ÖVP) recently announced that he wants to request a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice in the process. The WWF’s objection to the firing order is “a loss of reality in its purest form”. Herd protection is not feasible in the area where the wolf is active, “due to the geographic conditions (steepness, rocks, size, ditches, etc.).”

According to Geisler, NGOs in Switzerland have already spoken out in favor of killing “problem animals”. In Tyrol, a legal framework was agreed “after firm negotiations with the Green coalition partner”. Farmers are now extremely disappointed and restless because of the WWFS.

Wolves and bears cause moods
Wolves and bears have been causing a stir in Tyrol for several years and are also stirring up heated emotions in the current state election campaign. In the last session of the state parliament before the summer, a majority of the ÖVP-Green coalition voted in favor of a decision that would make it possible to survey pasture areas. The handling of the animals must be defined in these zones. The opposition voted unanimously against.

The Supervisory Board was established a year ago to decide how to deal with conspicuous animals. To date, only two murder notices have been issued and no wolf has been officially shot.

Source: Krone


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