Wolves at Luxembourg's door? Government releases action plan
(ADW) Despite there being no definitive proof that any wolf has placed a paw on Luxembourg territory, the government wants to be prepared for when it eventually does happen, presenting an action plan on Thursday.
State Secretary Camille Gira has described the plan as an “instrument that would allow for a realistic and ecological approach to the wolf in the future,” while at the same time taking into consideration concerns by cattle and sheep farmers as well as the general population.
"Every animal has a role in the ecosystem and we should not have an anthropocentric view of the problem, which has often been the case in the past. In the case of the wolf, our attitude is often based not on objective information but on emotions, childhood stories or fairy tales," stated Gira.
The new plan contains general information about the predator as well as advice for the public and farm animal breeders. In addition to the 50-page complete version of the action plan, there is also a comprehensive brochure for the general public.
The Deputy Director of the Nature and Forestry Administration Laurent Schley stated that the wolf should one day settle in Luxembourg without issue.
Fences and compensation
Protective measures in the form of special fences will be compensated by the state for about 75% of the cost for breeders of sheep or goats. However the farmers can only ask for subsidies if there has been a confirmed wolf presence within a radius of ten kilometres around fields and if they ask for it within a year of an incident occurring. Herd protection dogs are only subsidised in exceptional cases as there are only certain cases when they could prove effective.
In the case of animals killed or injured by a wolf, the state will reimburse 100% of damages, but only if it is clearly shown that the animal fell victim to a wolf.
Both the entire plan and the brochure are available in paper or digital documents from the nature and forest management.
In Luxembourg there are about 300 farmers who keep sheep and goats. Only three to four farms exist exclusively from sheep farming.
The action plan document can be read at the following link in French or German: www.environnement.public.lu