The Government foresees that the generalized hunting of the wolf will end, at the latest, on September 25. This is stated in the draft order which declares the species “of special protection” without distinguishing between the populations north or south of the Duero River, as is the case up to now. This difference made it possible to declare the wolves in the north as a hunting species, that is, huntable.
The Government will finance the protection of the wolf, but the money does not appease the communities that defend their hunt
This measure is the legal translation of the decision voted by the autonomous communities and the Ministry of Ecological Transition in the State Commission for Natural Heritage it is past February 4. The general protection of the wolf, recommended by the Scientific Committee for Ecological Transition, caused the regional executives of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León to ally themselves in a common opposition front. In fact, the Castilian-Ethnic Board this month started the auction for hunting 12 specimens in the Sierra de la Culebra (Zamora) shortly before this practice was banned.
The draft order indicates that the Canis lupus it will have the same status throughout the territory when the new state management strategy for the species is published, but, in any case, the maximum term for the entry into force of this decision will be that day. For this strategy, the Government has assumed that part of the management and coexistence of the wolf with the extensive livestock operations that see the species as a threat to their profitability must be supported with state funds.
Actions to facilitate this coexistence range from compensation for carcasses to the implementation of preventive measures to avoid attacks on the herd and should be incorporated into this general plan still under development. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, has indicated as a guideline figure for this management the 30 million per year that France uses in similar programs.