14 September 2011 – an expanded meeting of the Committee for the Monitoring of Large Carnivore Populations held at the Ministry of Culture

The meeting was attended by members of the Committee for the Monitoring of Large Carnivore Populations in the Republic of Croatia, experts from the Ministry of Culture, members of the intervention teams for wolf and lynx, representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development – Hunting Directorate, Ministry of Culture – Nature Protection Directorate, State Institute for Nature Protection, Croatian Hunting Federation and county hunting associations, Croatian Agricultural Agents, Zagreb Zoo and non-governmental organisations.
The 2011 Status Report on the Wolf Population, drafted by the State Institute for Nature Protection, was presented at the meeting.

Based on the Decision of the Ministry of Culture, Nature Protection Directorate, and the Decision of the Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management, Hunting Directorate, it was established that a total of 19 wolves (5 in Lika-Senj County, 5 in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, 5 in Split-Dalmatia County, 3 in Šibenik-Knin County and 1 in Sisak-Moslavina County (Dvor municipality) were culled of the total permitted quota of 24 wolves for the period from 1 October 2010 to 28 February 2011. The remaining quota of 5 wolves (2 in Šibenik-Knin County, 1 in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 1 in Karlovac County and 1 in Zadar County (Poličnik, Posedarje and Ražanac municipalities)) was not realised.

Pursuant to the 2011 Status Report on the Wolf Population in Croatia, it was confirmed that the average size of the wolf population in the Republic of Croatia is 194 individuals.

The total acceptable annual mortality of wolves caused by humans (anthropogenic impact) is 15% of the assessed population size. This is under the condition that the wolf population remains in a favourable conservation state. As such, the issue of legal culling in the wolf population was discussed at the meeting.

It was also established that legal interventions in the wolf population, as a strictly protected wild species in the Republic of Croatia, is conducted only in case of frequent and substantial damages to domestic animals in certain areas, a proven unacceptable impact on wild animals, infectious disease (sick individuals – rabies), unusual (deviant) behaviour of individuals, or threats to humans.

Considering that mortality was proven for 8 wolf individuals in the period from 15 September 2010 to 15 September 2011, 21 of the total 29 wolf individuals within this permitted share of the population remained for the approved intervention.
The Committee proposed that the Ministry of Culture permit the legal culling (hunting quota) of 22 wolf individuals in the period from 1 October 2011 to 28 February 2012 with the following distribution: 5 wolves in Lika-Senj County, 5 in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, 5 in Split-Dalmatia County, 4 in Šibenik-Knin County and 1 each in Karlovac County, Sisak-Moslavina County (Dvor municipality) and Zadar County (Poličnik, Posedarje and Ražanac municipalities).
 

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