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WWF sounds alarm over rising number of Tuscan wolves killed

Public ostentation of dead carcasses 'step backwards'

08 January, 16:05
WWF sounds alarm over rising number of Tuscan wolves killed (ANSA) - Grosseto, January 8 - Italian WWF chief Dante Caserta sounded the alarm Wednesday over an increase in the killing of Italian wolves over the past month.

''The discovery of more carcasses and their ostentation in public, as seen in the past month - at least 10 in the Tuscan Maremma area, but others in other parts of Italy - should seriously alarm and shake the consciences of all those tasked with managing and protecting the wildlife heritage of our country,'' Caserta said. ''In Maremma we have seen the public showing off of the bodies of the wolves killed,'' he continued, ''as happened in the past, displaying contempt for institutions and neglecting to acknowledge that this is a clearly illegal practice. This species is protected by EU and national regulations,'' he noted.

''The real challenge is that concerning choices, and if the aim is to safeguard both farmers and wolves, the key words are prevention and correct farm management''. The WWF has underscored the need to adopt anti-predator instruments and compensation payments to the farmers suffering losses, as well as to engage in monitoring and recording of damages. ''Fair'' management of strays and ways to keep wild half-breeds threatening wolves away from them are also important, it said.