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Wolf hunting will be allowed this year

2013-10-25

On October 24th, in accordance with the Wolf population abundance regulation plan, Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis signed an order allowing 21 wolves to be hunted during the 2013-2014 hunting season.

According to the February 2013 wolf report and other established methods, the minimal amount of individual wolves in Lithuania was determined to be 208. The report was created by the Lithuanian Hunters' and Fishermen's Association and the Directorate General of State Forests. Wolves in both national and private forests were counted.

The minimum long-term number of individual wolves required to ensure a lively population in Lithuania is 250. The Wolf population abundance regulation plan stipulates that, should there be less than 250 wolves in Lithuania, no more than a tenth of their number may be hunted.

“When setting the limits, we cannot forget that the wolf is not only damaging to farmers, but that it is also a protected animal in the entire European Union as well. I would like to remind you that a compensation mechanism for damages caused by wolves has been in place as of this year. Those affected by wolf attacks should contact their municipalities,” - said Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis.

The minister drew attention to the fact that the Wolf population abundance regulation plan, which governs any decisions made regarding wolf population abundance regulation, can be changed. The methodology and organizational principles of the wolf population report are constantly being updated.

At the minister's commission, the Ministry of Environment's Forest, Natural Protection, Protected Territory and Landscape departments, the Directorate General of State Forests, the national Protected Territory Service and the National Forest Service have been tasked with evaluating the Wolf population regulation plan and suggesting changes to it.

The Ministry of Environment reminds you that, as of October of this year, damage caused by wolves will be compensated by municipalities.

A new feature of the wolf hunt is the granting of wolf hunt limits by regions. This system will be improved upon once more reliable information on damage caused by wolves is collected.

Public Information Department
2013-10-25

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas