Minister of Environment V.Mazuronis: uncertainties regarding the population of wolves are to be dissolved2013-01-11
The Ministry of Environment announced a competition to identify the size of the population of wolves living in private forests of .
“We know how many wolves there are in state forests, however we do not have reliable data how many of them live in private forests. Thus it is strange that the maximum limit of wolves to be hunted last year was established. It is natural that it raises doubts for the public and these doubts must be dissolved," claims the Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis.
The plan of the size regulation of wolves’ population specifies the hunting procedure of these predators as well as the minimum preferred number of wolves in : 250. In other words, this number is sufficient to ensure the preservation of wolves' species in . If the number is smaller there is a threat for the population of these predators.
Based on registration conducted in state forests in 2012, 250 wolves were counted. However nobody counted how many wolves live in private forests. Nevertheless the maximum limit of 50 wolves to be hunted was approved.
Agitated representatives of the public and animal association "Baltijos vilkas" ("Baltic wolf") were invited to a meeting with the heads of the Ministry of Environment. During the discussion an agreement was reached to develop a new joint and coordinated simultaneous registration of wolves' population both in state and in private forests.
“This should dissolve doubts how many wolves we have in our country. If we know that their number is balancing on the minimal level, we will take necessary measures. One of them might even be absolute prohibition to hunt wolves“, the Minister V.Mazuronis says.
The new registration of wolves is to be implemented in February-March when natural conditions are more favourable.
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11 January 2013