Instructions for the procedure of assessing damage caused by a protected animal

Compensation for damages caused by wolves is prescribed under the Nature Protection Act and the Ordinance on the procedure for preventing and compensating for damages by animals that are strictly protected wild taxa. Pursuant to the provisions of the Act and the Ordinance, legal or natural persons suffering economic or other damages caused by the wolf (or other strictly protected animal) are obliged to perform all permitted activities and interventions, such as effective fencing, targeting protection of resources and dispersal, in an appropriate way and at their own expense, in order to prevent the incurrence of damages.

In the areas of wolf distribution (Karlovac, Sisak-Moslavina, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Istria, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatic and Dubrovnik-Neretva Counties), 16 experts of the Ministry of Culture are authorised to assess damages caused by wolf.

For damages that wolf cause to domestic animals, the farm owner has the right to compensation in the amount of the actual damages, if all the prescribed activities and interventions were taken. The damaged party is obliged to report all damages caused by wolf to the Ministry of Culture or authorised assessment expert without delay, and no later than within three days from the date that the damage was incurred. On site, the damaged party and expert jointly ascertain the important facts and the expert compiles a report. The level of compensation for damages is determined in agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the damaged party pursuant to that report.

An interventional team is an operative body that cooperates with local self-government units, various interest groups, hunting grounds managers and others. This team is a mediator in the notification of the need to take action, particularly concerning the appearance of problematic individuals, attacks against humans or for any unusual situations concerning large carnivores. The composition of the intervention teams is found in the appendix, and it is important to note that in the above listed situations, it is necessary to notify the nearest member of the intervention team, based on the location of the event.

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