Cantabria defies government and authorizes hunting wolves in areas most attacked

Nine months after the government banned the hunting of the Iberian wolf across Spain, Cantabria defied a ministerial order authorized this Wednesday ‘Extraction’ of copies in this community. In principle there will be ten, but in the near future it will be possible to expand their number.

The argument put forward by this autonomous community is that, since the ban came into force last September, wolves have roamed freely, there have been numerous attacks and, therefore, damage to livestock farms,

Notably, Cantabria now allows population control in the areas most affected by attacks by this animal in this community. Notably, official reports state that Has suffered 214 attacks in this period Wolves resulted in the slaughter of hundreds of cattle in the three most disputed areas: the area around Tudanca, the Brotherhood of Campu de Suso, and around Caberniga.

The government of Miguel ngel Revilla had already tried to create regulations approved by the Ministry for Ecological Transition. will be temporarily suspended But the National Court dismissed it as it could have considered—the then controversial-administrative chamber—”an irreversible and irreparable harm”.

Six other communities have joined the struggle to continue hunting wolves in Spain: Galicia, Asturias, Castilla y León, Andalusia, Madrid and Murcia and the main agricultural organization. They all make the same argument: a systematic and regulated control of the wolfAs shown in recent years, does not endanger the species, on the contrary, enhances it and prevents attacks on livestock.

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At present, as per the latest census, The species is currently in “good health”., as is evident from the number of copies, about 2,500, which in recent years has been increasing higher than the European average across Spain. The legal conflict of powers between the CCAA and the government is open.

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The General Directorate of Biodiversity of Cantabria will be in charge of formalizing the said resolution, so that the first extraction is limited to a maximum of ten samples, but it is not ruled out that the number of samples will be increased in coming dates. “Future” has “circumstances similar to the circumstances supporting this decision”. As a result, this authorityThey will spread to the places where it is needed“And at the request of the municipalities of the affected areas.

This is stated by Guillermo Blanco, Minister of Rural Development, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Environment, who assures that the decision of his regional government “More than adequately complies” with the requirements of the Ministerial Order Which regulates the Wild Species List under the Conservation Regime (LESPRE) “because they do not compromise the conservation status of the species and allow the existence of livestock activity”. In this sense, he has assured that his counselor’s legal counsel supports the action from a legal standpoint: “It is in accordance with the law and the legal services understand that we are sovereign to do so”, he said.

conflict with the ministry

The Cantabrian government has taken this decision, Blanco underlined, after The “tall people” which he assured he received from the Ministry of Ecological TransitionWhich rejected the said extraction report in May and called on the community to wait for the renewal of the conservation plan for this animal.

The councilor has assured that the Teresa Ribera-led department has already been “notified” of her department’s intentions “months ago”, so it will be the first thing in the morning on Wednesday when she is informed that Cantabria has authorized the said extract. In his presence, supported by organizations in the area, he pointed out that there are Reports of agents of the natural environment that testify to “frequent and recurring” attacks of wolves.

These studies determined that population control “does not affect” the survival of the species and reflect, according to Blanco, that Nor can effective security measures be proposed to prevent attacks, Because the cattle are in the mountains. The councilor defended that the “only effective measure” to avoid these attacks is population control and ensured that when the community exercised it, it did not endanger the species, as the Iberian wolf population “increased”. .

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With the publication of these proposals, the green light is given so that wolf control can be carried out, until natural environmental agents verify the existence of damage in authorized areas and carry out the relevant technical assessment: “Ports cannot be closed or gated“, the councilor confirmed. Thus, he has elaborated that there are about 200,000 cattle in the ports at the moment and this model allows for widespread livestock in Cantabria.

three zones

Specifically, three resolutions authorize, firstly, the hunting of up to four specimens belonging to the family groups 10 (Palombera) and 13 (Ruente), in the region of Ruente, Caberniga and Los Tojos and in the Campu-Caburniga Commonwealth. groups Identified in the Annual Monitoring Report Of the Wolf Management Plan in Cantabria.

In this region, between September 2021, the date of inclusion of wolves in LESPRE, and April 2022, there have been 70 wolves attack 46 livestock farmsWith 79 cattle heads (51 horses, 20 bovines and 8 sheep) and 4 injuries (3 horses and 1 bovine).

Secondly, the extraction of four specimens is authorized, from flocks 11 (Bravieja) and 12 (El Bardal), in the municipality of the Brotherhood of Campu de Suso (two north of the CA-183 highway, and two south of said VA). According to these figures, between September and April 44 livestock farms in this municipality have been attacked by 102 wolvesWith 108 dead heads of cattle (65 cattle, 38 horses, 4 sheep and 1 goat) and 1 wound (cattle).

Finally, population control of two specimens belonging to family group 9 (sejos) is authorized in the municipalities of Polaciones and Tudanca. have lived in those municipalities on the dates specified 42 wolves attack 18 livestock farms, 44 cattle killed (19 bovines, 13 eggs and 12 equines).

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