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Background: After the Western Alps (Italy, France), the wolf now increasingly populates the eastern parts of the Alps in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Slovenia. As a large natural area, the Alps represent a large and, above all, transboundary suitable habitat for the wolf. In a first LIFE project (WolfAlps) in the Southern Alps (Italy, Slovenia), completed in 2018, monitoring was coordinated with a focus on selected areas and measures for damage prevention, public relations, etc. were carried out. Aim of "LIFE WOLFALPS EU": To improve the possibilities for human coexistence with wolves in our cultural landscape. Contents:- Monitoring: Alpine-wide comparability of the most important monitoring results (e.g. number and distribution of wolf packs) and standards for generally accepted cost-efficient methods. Closer cooperation in genetic monitoring. Development of an alpine-wide assessment of the conservation status. Continuation of the Wolf Alpine Group damage prevention: damage assessment, prevention advice, rapid prevention teams for emergencies, training of guard dogs, guidelines for the cost-effective use of rapid prevention teams - wolf poisoning and poaching: major problem in the Southern Alps. Hybridisation: A particular problem in Italy due to the immigration of hybrids from central Italy. Alps-wide definition of hybrids and coordinated approach to the emergence of hybrids - Influence of wolves on ungulates and livestock: The influence of wolves on prey populations is investigated in 4 areas in the Alpine region. Based on this, strategies for improved ungulate game management will be developed together with hunters. - Reduction of habitat fragmentation and traffic-related mortality (especially in Italy) - Development of economic benefits for the population in wolf areas: e.g. certification of wolf-friendly products such as sheep products from wolf-safe husbandry, etc. - Public relations: Junior Ranger Programme in protected areas, information for the general public, conferences.
Coordination for vetmeduni vienna
Knauer Felix
Coordination in general
Ente di Gestione delle Aree Protette delle Alpi Marittime, Piazza Regina Elena n. 30, 12010 Validieri, Italy
EU LIFE 2014-2020
Type of Research
Applied research
Knauer F.,
Walter T., Project team member
Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Medicine
Projekt partner
Citta Metropolitana di Torino, Italy
Ente parco nazionale dolomiti bellunesi, Piazzale Zancanaro, 32032 Feltre, Italy
Ente di Gestione dell Aree protette dell ´Appennino Piemontese, Italy
Ente Regionale per i Servizi all''Agricoltura e alle Foreste, Milano, Italy
Höhere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Raumberg 38, 8952 Irdning, Austria
Arma dei Carabinieri, Rom, Italy
Regione Lombardia, Piazza Citta di Lombardia 1, 20124 Milano, Italy
Museo delle Scienze, Italy
Parc National du Mercantour, 23 Rue d'Italie, 06006 Nice cedex 01, France
Regione Autonoma della Valle d´Aosta, Piazza Deffeyes 1, 11100 Aosta, Italy
Zavod za gozdove Slovenije, Večna pot 2, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Univerza v Ljubljani, Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Funded by
Bundesministerium für Nachhaltigkeit und Tourismus, Wien, Austria
EU (Kommission der Europäischen Union), Brussels, European Union

Walter, T; Mayer, V (2021): Projektstart - Wolfsalps EU Vorarlberger Jagd (3-4) 18-19.

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