The heat is on

The heat is on in the Netherlands, as repeated wolf attacks on sheep stir up the fire. A flock of the same farmer had to deal with surplus killing three times within five days. And more is happening in the same region. The authorities support the application of (mobile) electric fences. That’s it. They don’t know what else to do to easy the farmer’s pain. But most fences are not effective to keep out an experienced, motivated wolf. And not effective to prevent surplus killing, as sheep keep running within the fences, keep triggering the predator and lacking a functional response as natural sheep would have. So the poor sheep will be killed again and again and the farmers will tend to push to kill wolves. A gloomy prediction, and frustrating as with all the intelligence we have, the Netherlands, like in other EU countries, advised by a small group of each-other-echoing experts stick to fences. My plea is simple: farmers have to be supported to innovate, as the wolf is here to stay.

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