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« on: November 04, 2007, 12:58 PM »
Blog entry:

http://www.iberianature.com/spainblog/2007/11/04/eu-to-accept-wolf-hunting/

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/sociedad/lobo/vuelve/punto/mira/elpepusoc/20071104elpepisoc_3/Tes

The EU is to accept the new wolf management plan of Castilla-Leon when it is approved in January 2007 which will allow wolves to hunted south of the River Duero to protect livestock, breaking a 20-year protection of the species in this area.

 According to wolf expert Juan Carlos Blanco, wolves expanded significantly in the 1990s but this expansion, reaching the border of the region of Madrid, has halted. In the last decade the density of wolves in the area of distribution has probably increased. “This is a typical behaviour: first a big territorial expansion and then a brake to this”.

Some 200 wolves are hunted legally every year in Spain, and many more illegally, not just in Castilla-Leon but also in Asturias where 25 wolves were killed between January 2006 and March 2007, by officials after reports of sheep deaths. In contrast, in the Sierra de la Culebra, rich hunters pay up to 18,000 euros to kill a wolf.

Ecologistas en Acción is against the removal of protection. “…there is no justification.  Five years ago the Spanish parliament voted to include the wolf in the National Catalogue of threatened species and not only has this not been done, but they now want to extend its hunting. Legal hunting does not replace poaching and the use of poison, it complements it”.

Wolf attacks on livestock have increased but this may not be only be due to its breeding success. The absence of carrion after the EU mad-cow ban on leaving dead livestock in the countryside has had a huge affect on wildlife on Spain and has in all surety driven wolves to attack sheep more frequently. The Junta de Castilla y Leon claim the region’s 1500 wolves kill 2,200 sheep and 220 cows a year. They claim the plan guarantees the conservation of the wolf and reduces its negative effects. The actual contents of the plan are still unclear, but sources talk of some 50 wolves a year
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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007, 23:12 PM »
Hi all,

So on the wild Spain site there is an old interview... (from 1995?)

http://www.wild-spain.com/article.php?sid=7&current=0&query=bears%20and%20wolves&type=articles

Interesting reading...

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007, 23:04 PM »
That's a gruesome photo. I agree with Nick that far too much time and effort went into the setting up of it. Comment left (subject to moderation  >:D)
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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2007, 16:56 PM »
If you prefer the news in French
http://ours-loup-lynx.info/spip.php?article1097
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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007, 21:34 PM »
Olive Press have picked it up...

http://www.theolivepress.es/2007/11/09/a-tale-of-two-species/

A thousand wolves killed by poachers since mid 90's ? Is this right?

I would suggest that anyone here that has an opinion as to the editorial should leave a comment so that other English speaking people may have the benefit of the discussions here...

I have linked to our lynx topic...

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008, 13:14 PM »
It's time to get your petition-signing heads on again everyone and let the Junta de Castilla y León know what you think of their plan. Here's the link for the petition against the slaughter of wolves.
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2008, 13:24 PM »
3 wolves killed illegally in Castilla on 8th Jan. This guy was watching the wolves and witnessed the killing, and so reported it. Although the hunter was arrested within 15 minutes no charges were pressed as the "wolf is a game species"

http://www.fotonatura.org/galerias/masvisitas/192420/

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2008, 14:08 PM »
Nick and All,
Nothing much to add, except that possibly the only "positive" thing to sacar de esto is the reaction of the other forum members to the original posting, including the following:
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Por Luis Cavero (01-12-2007)

Hola. Soy Agente Medioambiental (Forestal, para entendernos). 5 de mis compañeros localizaron y denunciaron a los furtivos. No tenían autorización para efectuar esa matanza. También dirijo la revista Guardabosques. Si el autor de la imagen me autoriza, publicaré su texto y la fotografía en el próximo número de la Revista. Sr. Sagardía, gracias por informar a todos de esta Vergüenza. Nos queda mucho trecho en este país en cultura de conservación y en dignidad.
Un saludo
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2008, 14:10 PM »
Thanks for that Technopat

Lisa, have signed petition (see post above one)
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2008, 13:06 PM »
I've been wanting to get this off my chest for a few days now but something else got on it (estoy gripada - can I say that?) so apologies if this is not very coherent.
On the one hand we have a seemingly thriving wolf population of @2,500 wolves in the Iberian peninsula. On the other hand, these wolves are split into small, family groups who are going to run into big problems genetically because they are being restricted from interacting with each other by man whose total lack of forethought in the management of these animals, aside from building roads left, right and centre of wild habitats, leads him to shoot on sight what are probably the strongest animals.
Back to the first hand, we have examples such as the Junta de Castilla y León creating, in 1994, the Parque Regional de los Picos de Europa (whose territory extends a fair bit further south and west into the province of León than the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa) with the express objective of;
"a) Proteger los recursos naturales: vegetación, flora, fauna, gea, agua y paisaje, manteniendo
la dinámica y estructura funcional de los ecosistemas que lo componen, y de manera especial
el bosque Atlántico, como el más representativo.
b) Garantizar persistencia de los recursos genéticos más significativos, especialmente
aquéllos singularmente amenazados, y con atención preferente al oso pardo y al urogallo.
c) Establecer las fórmulas que, respetando los objetivos anteriores, incentiven la actividad
socioeconómica tradicional de los habitantes de la zona, favoreciendo el desarrollo de estas
Comunidades humanas e incrementando su nivel y calidad de vida.
d) Proporcionar formas de uso y disfrute público del espacio natural, de manera compatible
con su conservación.
e) Colaborar en la realización de actividades científicas, culturales, turísticas, de educación
ambiental o similares, para lograr el conocimiento y respeto de los valores ecológicos que
contiene el espacio natural.
"
And then we have examples such as Nick's and the not-so-furtive example of how the Ministerio del Medio Ambiente is "managing" wolves in the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, which, along with the recent decision to allow the hunting of wolves south of the Duero, have led the conservation groups ASCEL (Asociación para la Conservación y Estudio del Lobo Ibérico), GEDEMOL (Grupo para la Defensa y Estudio de la Montaña Oriental Leonesa), la Plataforma de Defensa de la Cordillera Cantábrica, Asociación URZ Defensa de la Naturaleza and FAPAS to bring out a statement; "LA NEFASTA CONSERVACIÓN Y GESTIÓN DEL LOBO IBÉRICO (Canis lupus signatus) EN LA MONTAÑA ORIENTAL LEONESA"

(THE TRAGIC CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE IBERIAN WOLF (Canis lupus signatus) IN THE EASTERN MOUNTAINS OF LEON.)
Here's an extract;
"Desde la administración regional de Castilla y León se está impulsando una política ambiental que orbita en torno a la caza y la pesca como herramienta prioritaria de gestión del territorio. Además, se ha declarado públicamente que la caza es un recurso que no está explotado al máximo y se debe explotar aún más.
Por si no fuera suficiente, también se produce la firma de diversos convenios para la promoción de los recursos y prácticas cinegético-piscícolas, que suponen un desembolso de las arcas públicas de 10 millones de euros, y se disfrazan bajo compromisos de desarrollo rural. Todos estos hechos en pro de la actividad cinegética resultan más que patentes en terrenos de titularidad pública, gestionadas directamente por la administración, como son las Reservas Regionales de Caza.
La gestión de las poblaciones de lobo ibérico (Canis lupus signatus) en los Espacios Naturales Protegidos de la Cordillera Cantábrica es un ejemplo más de una política en la cual la única herramienta de gestión es la caza, especialmente en Castilla yLeón.
En el último y más completo trabajo sobre el diagnóstico de las poblaciones de lobo en Castilla y León, encargado y realizado para la Junta de Castilla y León (Llaneza yBlanco 2001), constata la presencia, más o menos estable, de unos 10 grupos de lobos (7 grupos seguros y 3 probables) en el Parque Regional de los Picos de Europa y su zona de influencia (más de 1.500 km2). Además, se señala que una de las cuestiones básicas que amenazan estas poblaciones es “el severo control que se realiza sobre el lobo en las Reservas Regionales de Caza de León, fundamentalmente en Mampodre y Riaño, que además forman parte del Parque Regional de los Picos de Europa.
No existen en las Reservas Regionales de Caza leonesas (en adelante, RR.CC.), criterios objetivos enmarcados en planes de caza para el lobo que establezcan cupos determinados sobre el número de individuos que se pueden abatir cada año.
Tampoco un seguimiento sobre el cumplimiento de esos cupos. Pagando ciertas
cantidades de dinero, la Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio de Castilla y León, permite que un cazador que tenga permiso de caza para otra especie dentro de las Reservas pueda abonar una cuota complementaria que le permite disparar al lobo. Además se puede disponer de permiso específico para la caza de la especie. En definitiva, no existe una gestión transparente y clara. Incluso puede darse la circunstancia de que en un solo día se abatan la mayoría de los lobos de un mismo grupo familiar durante el transcurso de un gancho de jabalí, lo cual es una absoluta sinrazón. "


I know we've reached this conclusion before on the forum but I'm still  :banghead: as to how this country seems to want to have the occasional (or whole b***** families of) wolf around to hunt but is in fact gradually eroding its healthy population and will only be left with just some very ill and weak animals and the eventual death of the species.
If there's one thing that makes me madder than some greedy fat cats wanting to exploit the natural resources of the mountains around me and its remaining bears, it's the treatment dished out in this country to the wolf.

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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2008, 13:26 PM »
A well written rant Lisa :) gripada y constipada? nasty....

At least with the forum here you have a network of people in other parts of Iberia that will listen and even understand.

I don't understand the techniques used for any of the work done in the natural areas. we seem to have biologists working in "island areas" protecting virtually individual leftovers from extinction and vast swathes of land, animals an plants under protection But year in year out these species under protection are declining due to legal and illegal hunting and bad management by supposed experts.

I think that what you are saying is connected to the hunting topics that we have going elsewhere. It is this trophy and alpha male killing that is resulting in weaker herds and packs of diseased and genetically deformed animals. Why would a hunter want to do this? Destroy the very thing he wants to hunt. This is maybe connected to the macho/ego mentality? The wolves especially are an example of this with the fragmentation of the territories by roads...

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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2008, 14:01 PM »
Greetings Lisa,
Not much to add to yours, except to say that (maybe it's my imagination) you seem especially lucid and coherent when you're gripada (angel icon, but this PC can't do the accent). As for the gripada/o pun, I've tried for many years to get that particular one across and they just don't seem to get ... gripado is used for car engines when they seize up.
Will be back soon with the link to Technopat's Ginger drink... in the meantime, insist on being mollycoddled (explain to 'em that by investing in your early recovery, you'll be better able to do everything else).
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2008, 14:04 PM »
Greetings Lisa,
Here's the link (it would actually have been quicker and easier to write it out anew)
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,244.msg1515.html#msg1515
Get better! (but not at the expense of coherence and lucidity...)
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2008, 14:58 PM »
Thanks both. I think what really gets me is (as I think I said somewhere else recently) the lack of cohesive protection and laws to carry it out nationwide. It's all very well one autonomous community setting aside a protected area but if it's not followed through on a national level, all it does is create islands instead of a big enough area of land to work with. In a Utupian Iberia......
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2008, 13:50 PM »
You won't believe this one...........or will you?
The "management" of the Picos de Europa National park are still at it;

"El Principado planea eliminar tres lobos y todos los perros silvestres de los Picos
Las cacerías se realizarán de acuerdo con una resolución de Medio Ambiente impugnada por un grupo conservacionista en el Tribunal Superior de Asturias.
El Gobierno del Principado se propone eliminar tres lobos y todos los perros silvestres que deambulan por la zona asturiana del parque nacional de los Picos de Europa. Lo hará en sintonía con Parques Nacionales, organismo que ha iniciado por su cuenta la persecución de un ejemplar de lobo, un adulto solitario, en Cabrales. Las cacerías de los Picos se realizarán de acuerdo con una resolución de la Consejería de Medio Ambiente aprobada en 2006 y que ha sido impugnada en el Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Asturias (TSJA) por la Asociación para la Defensa Jurídica del Medio Ambiente ULEX
."

The Principality of Asturias and the Picos de Europa National Park are continuing their plan to annihilate wolves in the Park. Here's the good bit;
An environmental protection association, ULEX, which is contesting the plans through the courts, have spoken to the director of the Park, Rodrigo Suárez Robledano, who, on asked how many compensation claims had been received due to wolf kills replied that between June and October of 2007 there were 25 claims. BUT when asked the numbers of livestock out to pasture in the Park (so that figure would actually mean something) he doesn't know!
I've included that link because it includes addresses to complain to, if anyone feels so inclined.
 
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2008, 15:17 PM »
 >:(
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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2008, 23:28 PM »
This sounds like positive news (I should be able to sleep now) from ARCA (Asociación para la defensa de los recursos naturales de Cantabria). The Spanish National Parks body has put out for tender a two-year study of the wolf population in the Picos de Europa. I hope whoever receives the 119.234,08 euros can find any.

Parques Nacionales realizará un estudio para el seguimiento de los lobos en Picos de Europa


SANTANDER, 30 (EUROPA PRESS) - El Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales ha sacado a concurso un estudio para el seguimiento de los cánidos del Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, que deberá estar concluido antes del 30 de noviembre del año 2010.
(Publicidad)

Según las bases del concurso, a las que tuvo acceso Europa Press, el presupuesto de licitación asciende a 119.234,08 euros, y las ofertas podrán presentarse hasta el próximo 10 de mayo, mientras su apertura tendrá lugar el día 13 de junio.

El pliego de prescripciones técnicas del concurso propone la elaboración de un primer informe, antes del 30 de noviembre del presente año 2008, donde, entre otras cuestiones, se especifiquen las necesidades de apoyo por parte del parque nacional, la metodología a utilizar, etc.

A partir de ahí, y hasta el informe final, se remitirán informes semestrales con los logros obtenidos detallados, que se deberán entregar siempre con fechas anteriores a los días 30 de junio y 30 de noviembre de cada año.

Cada uno de estos informes contendrá una memoria y los anexos necesarios, así como un documento de síntesis, una evaluación y seguimiento, y la cartografía y banco de datos correspondiente, mientras el informe final constará además de propuestas de gestión, evaluación y seguimiento, así como de cartografía y un banco de datos.

Según consta en el pliego de condiciones, la propuesta metodológica que presente la empresa adjudicataria deberá recoger una estimación del estado de los efectivos poblacionales, que al menos proporcione información sobre los grupos reproductores existentes.

También se aportará información sobre el uso del hábitat, espacio, movimientos, y dispersión; sobre la dieta alimentaria del lobo y, como aspecto básico, información sobre la predación del lobo sobre la cabaña ganadera, con el fin de tomar decisiones de conservación y gestión. Al respecto, se deberá aportar información sobre la fenología de la predación, cauística, niveles de predación y aspectos socioeconómicos relacionados con ésta.

Igualmente se deberán valorar los métodos de prevención de daños que en la actualidad se están aplicando en el Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa, y realizar un análisis de la problemática social de los daños del lobo a la ganadería al considerar que el impacto predatorio de este cánido sobre la cabaña ganadera es causa de conflictividad social.

Otro de los apartados que deberá contener el estudio es el desarrollo de propuestas de aplicación a los distintos grupos de interés, como ganaderos, cazadores, ONG,s, hosteleros, turistas y estudiantes; una valoración del impacto mediático del lobo, y propuestas sobre mecanismos y sistemas para divulgar las acciones y actuaciones que se vienen desarrollando sobre el lobo en Picos de Europa.

Otro de los apartados del informe será el diseño de una línea de educación ambiental sobre el lobo en el Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa; valorar la posibilidad de desarrollar actuaciones encaminadas a la puesta en valor de esta especie, y una valoración de los métodos de control a emplear, ya que los controles poblacionales de esta especie suponen habitualmente "una notable conflictividad social y son especialmente mediáticos".

Finalmente, el informe deberá contener una propuesta con contenidos formativos destinados a los guardas y técnicos del Parque Nacional, con especial hincapié en el seguimiento de las poblaciones y la inspección de daños; y propuestas para la gestión y conservación de la especie.

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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2008, 00:57 AM »
Greetings Lisa,
Thanx for that, but unless you're already getting yer kip, I wouldn't be sleeping quite so soundly. I realise that my reputation here on the forum is that of an informed pessimist :technodevil: , but my tendency to read the small print aka sift the waffle (Sp. anyone?) brought me to the following beaut. at the end of the penultimate para.:

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valorar la posibilidad de desarrollar actuaciones encaminadas a la puesta en valor de esta especie, y una valoración de los métodos de control a emplear, ya que los controles poblacionales de esta especie suponen habitualmente "una notable conflictividad social y son especialmente mediáticos".

which, roughly translated, suggests that rather showing a newfound environmental interest in protecting threatened species, they've taken a leaf out of Castilla y León's book (Sp. anyone?) and they're clearly thinking of setting up some sort culling cum trophy hunting scheme  >:D

Just-living-up-to-my-status-as-a-prescient-Full-'Shroomy regs.,
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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2008, 10:24 AM »
Oh Darwin. Que ingenua soy!

También se aportará información sobre el uso del hábitat, espacio, movimientos, y dispersión; sobre la dieta alimentaria del lobo y, como aspecto básico, información sobre la predación del lobo sobre la cabaña ganadera, con el fin de tomar decisiones de conservación y gestión. Al respecto, se deberá aportar información sobre la fenología de la predación, cauística, niveles de predación y aspectos socioeconómicos relacionados con ésta.

Basically, what they want (need?) is information on wolf predation on livestock so they can make decisions on conservation and management.

Igualmente se deberán valorar los métodos de prevención de daños que en la actualidad se están aplicando en el Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa, y realizar un análisis de la problemática social de los daños del lobo a la ganadería al considerar que el impacto predatorio de este cánido sobre la cabaña ganadera es causa de conflictividad social.

But, they also have to apport information on how livestock are being protected and analyse the impact wolves are having on farming.

Which admittedly all point to wanting justification for their current methods of "management".
BUT;

Otro de los apartados que deberá contener el estudio es el desarrollo de propuestas de aplicación a los distintos grupos de interés, como ganaderos, cazadores, ONG,s, hosteleros, turistas y estudiantes; una valoración del impacto mediático del lobo, y propuestas sobre mecanismos y sistemas para divulgar las acciones y actuaciones que se vienen desarrollando sobre el lobo en Picos de Europa.

Otro de los apartados del informe será el diseño de una línea de educación ambiental sobre el lobo en el Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa; valorar la posibilidad de desarrollar actuaciones encaminadas a la puesta en valor de esta especie, y una valoración de los métodos de control a emplear, ya que los controles poblacionales de esta especie suponen habitualmente "una notable conflictividad social y son especialmente mediáticos".


They're also asking for methods of environmental education and the possibility of developing ways of .... what? Promoting the Park through the species? Or permission to continue their extermination methods?
I think it all depends on who gets the tender and how much influence the Park will have over them. As they say, bi-annual reports will be made  >:D
If I thought it was worth it, I'd be straight onto Naturetrek asking for a holiday to see wolves in the Picos de Europa National Park.
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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2008, 09:15 AM »
Well, so far only one company has offered a tender for the study.
"Una sola empresa se ha presentado al concurso convocado por el Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales para realizar un estudio para el seguimiento de los lobos en el Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa.

   Según la información a la que tuvo acceso Europa Press, la empresa, cuya oferta ha sido admitida y valorada técnicamente, es Asesores en Recursos Naturales S.L., que ha presentado una propuesta con un presupuesto de 114.464,72 euros lo que supone una baja de 4.769 euros respecto al presupuesto de licitación que asciende a  119.234,08 euros."

Interestingly, this company has already done for the same thing for the wolf population in Castilla and Leon.
Meanwhile, the Asturian government has brought out a new draft for their wolf management plan to make it "more flexible". This includes allowing the kind of hunts traditionally (ie. out-dated) used to kill wolves, beats, where wolves were driven down the mountain and beaten to death with rocks. O.K. they probably won't be doing that last bit. AND, they're going to allow these hunts at any time of year!
All this for an animal that, in Asturias, is not a game species  :speechless:

"Hasta ahora hemos percibido que el plan establecía procedimientos demasiado burocratizados", reconoció la consejera en referencia a la aplicación hasta el momento del plan de gestión del lobo. De cara al futuro, tal y ya recoge el borrador que ya aprobó de forma unánime el consejo consultivo, se eliminarán algunas limitaciones que, tal y como explicó Belén Fernández "perjudicaban el control razonable" de esta especie. De esta forma podrá actuarse contra el lobo en cualquier época del año a diferencia de lo que venían sucediendo hasta ahora "y el período de tiempo de aplicación de los controles no estará sometido a limitaciones".

They should be able to get rid of the lot in a couple of years.
If any of you are really interested in this subject, get yourselves comfy for a couple (at least) of hours to read this investigation into the Picos de Europa National Park's control of the Iberian wolf.
I've also read that in some parts of the Park, the population of Red deer are running out of control.
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Re: Wolf hunting
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2008, 09:15 AM »