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Israel Is Offering Farmers Over $500 for Every Wolf They Kill

posted May 8, 2018, 5:29 PM by chloe owens

3/13/18, by Zafrir Rinat, Israel News

Israel Is Offering Farmers Over $500 for Every Wolf They Kill

The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry is offering a reward for every wolf that cattle and sheep farmers kill in an effort to stop wolves from preying on farmers’ calves and sheep. The program, which provides 2,000 shekels ($580) for hunting down a mature wolf and 500 shekels per cub, is being carried out in coordination with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and with the authority’s consent. However, one zoology expert suggested that the program could endanger Israel’s wolf population. The details regarding the new program were included in a program providing support for sheep herding in open spaces that was released by the ministry two weeks ago. The ministry said sheep and cattle grazing is a means of protecting open spaces and therefore justifies the grant for wolf hunting. Support is also being provided for the facilities necessary to raise cows and sheep. The parks authority said the policy of permitting wolves to be shot to protect agriculture is not new, explaining that it was instituted in 1998 after a large number of wild animals were killed by poison laid by farmers who were trying to put a halt to wolves that were killing their livestock. The poisoning dealt a blow to vultures in the Golan Heights that had eaten poisoned carcasses. In response, the shooting of wolves along with other measures such as better fencing, was instituted.