Hunted and persecuted
Since the beginning of time, wolves have been subject to rigorous persecution by humans. Man-made traps, poison and firearms finally eradicated the gray hunter in Germany in the mid-19th century. Extinct in many places, large predators such as the wolf are now reclaiming their former habitat, provided that it still offers sufficient near-natural or natural habitat opportunities. Coming from Poland wolves have crossed the border to Germany again and again in the past years. But not everywhere is Isegrim welcomed kindly.
“Wolves have always been exposed to hunting. Now, they are reclaiming their ancestral habitats. Let’s help them do it!”
Lars Gorschlüter, Foundation Founder
Economic interests threaten habitat
Opening the borders has supported a natural reintroduction of species and enabled animals to establish themselves across the borders of Central Europe. Political developments in Europe also hold new and promising opportunities for international cooperation in nature and species conservation. It is absolutely necessary that those are exploited. Existing and untouched landscapes in Eastern Europe, however, also offering a suitable habitat for large predators, are threatened to be more and more subordinated to economic interests.
In this context, the preservation of entire ecological systems across national borders is an important prerequisite to support the ongoing self-propagation of animals. Protective measures should support their natural recapture and help to connect isolated populations. So that the animals can really use their opportunity to do so, existing fears and lack of acceptance of predators among people must be taken seriously and cleared up. Only if wolf and Co. are really welcome, they also have a chance to survive in the long term.
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