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A Flemish Plan to Teach Residents How to Cohabit With Wolves

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:59 PM by chloe owens

8/26/2018, Brussels Times

A Flemish plan to teach residents how to cohabit with wolves

The “wolf plan’’ of Flemish minister for environment Joke Schauvliege (CD&V) aims to teach residents how to cohabit with wolves. The places where the wolves live must be protected, especially by reducing the road traffic intensity, according to a text approved last week by several farmer and hunter associations.  There are currently three wolves in Belgium: two in Flanders, and one in Wallonia. Considering the probable arrival of more wolves, the Flemish Region decided to adopt a plan. In particular, it provides for measures to protect sheep from the predators, by the setting up of electric fences. No measure, however, is 100% efficient, underlines the plan. “Wolves are inventive and intelligent animals; they adjust their hunting behavior in function of the prevention.’’ The people undergoing losses have the right to compensation, but only if they have first taken preventive measures.