5 May 2011 – Lecture on the wolf at Učka Nature Park for all interested persons

With the confirmed appearance of the wolf in the area of Učka Nature Park and damages to livestock in the area, on Thursday, 5 May 2011, the State Institute for Nature Protection, in cooperation with the Public Institute of Učka Nature Park, organised an exhibit, lecture and round table for all interested persons. Some 40 participants took part in the event, including representatives of the county Agriculture Department and Istrian Agency for Rural Development, hunting societies and organisations, livestock owners, the general public and the media.

This was followed by lectures:

1. Biology and status of the wolf in Croatia – Assistant Professor, Dr. Josip Kusak, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb;
2. Management of the wolf in Croatia - Ana Štrbenac, BSc, MSc, State Institute for Nature Protection;
3. Ways to protect livestock from wolves and the donation programme - Jasna Jeremić, DVM, MSc, State Institute for Nature Protection;
4. Procedure for determination of damages from the wolf and compensation - Lucija Urli, DVM, Nature Protection Directorate, Ministry of Culture.

After the lectures, a discussion was opened up. Participants received answers to their questions concerning the management of the wolf in Croatia and obtained all the relevant information on this topic.

Those interested received copies of the Wolf Management Plan in the Republic of Croatia for the period 2010–2015, educational and informative materials and flyers on the Procedure to determine damages caused by animals of strictly protected wild taxa, and the List of standing experts of the Ministry of Culture authorised for determining and assessing damages caused by animals of strictly protected wild taxa.

Furthermore, several copies of the forms of the State Institute for Nature Protection for the awarding of donations of Tornjak dogs and electric fences for preventative protection of livestock against wolves were made available. On that occasion, it was agreed that if there is interest for the submission of applications to the State Institute for Nature Protection for the donation of Tornjak shepherd dogs or electric fences for the preventative protection of livestock from wolf attacks, the Public Institute of Učka Nature Park was available for all further information.
 

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