Concept for dealing with wolves who behave conspicuously towards people

Germany was wolf-free for a long time. People in the recently wolf-populated areas are only gradually learning to deal with this animal again. Many people are insecure when it comes to assessing wolf behaviour. What is normal and what is already conspicuous behavior? How dangerous are wolves for humans, and do precautions have to be taken in the wolf area for the safety of the population?

One of DBBW's tasks was to develop a concept for dealing with wolves who behave conspicuously towards people. To this end, DBBW has acquired additional expertise, among others from colleagues at the Swedish Wildlife Damage Centre (Viltskade Centre VCS), who probably have the most experience in dealing with conspicuous large carnivores in Europe.

The concept, which is now available, provides assessments of wolf behaviour with regard to human safety as well as recommendations for dealing with wolves that show conspicuous behaviour. In this concept, conspicuous behaviour is understood to mean the whole range from unusual, undesirable to problematic behaviour of wolves in relation to humans. The recommendations are primarily addressed to the competent authorities of the federal states. The aim is to enable them to make an initial assessment of wolf behaviour with regard to human safety and to prepare possible courses of action.

The aims of the recommendations presented are a) that people in Germany are not injured or killed by wild wolves, b) that people in wolf areas have confidence in wolf management and maintain it, c) that their fear of wolves does not increase and d) that wolves can spread further in Germany without serious wolf-human conflicts.

The "Concept for dealing with wolves who behave conspicuously towards humans" was completed in summer 2018 and published as BfN script 502. It can be downloaded below.