Wild animals have predators

Solution approaches for the coexistence of humans and wild animals

The WWF is committed to endangered species worldwide - in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but also on their own doorstep. Protected species such as wolf and lynx should be able to repopulate their old habitats in Germany and Europe as a natural part of the ecosystem. As with predators in other parts of the world, however, their presence also brings with it conflicts: In many cases, people first have to learn again to share their habitat and the cultural landscapes they have created with the great hunters.

Through international exchange on local solutions

The various challenges can only be solved locally and require oneconstructive dialogue with the livestock owners, farmers, hunters, foresters and communities concerned. At the same time, you need a view across national borders. Where the animals have been around for a long time, people often havealready found working solutions to avoid or deal with conflicts. In addition, the animals move over very long distances in order to open up new territories and to exchange ideas with their conspecifics. For example, it is of little use if the wolf is released for shooting on one side of the border and measures are taken to reintroduce it on the other. Only if theCountries work together and get overPractical Wildlife Protection Strategies exchange, a peaceful coexistence can succeed in the long term.

LIFE EuroLargeCarnivores - shaping living together together

In 2017 the WWF Germany initiated together with partners in 16 countries the one funded by the EULIFE EuroLargeCarnivores project. It should enable a Europe-wide exchange and make existing solutions better known. To this end, the WWF offices involved in the project as well as partners from science and nature conservation are looking for a dialogue with cattle farmers, hunters, foresters, scientists and many other interest groups.The aim is to create a European network, to bundle the existing knowledge and to pass it on internationally.

Possible conflicts with large predators

From the North Cape to Gibraltar

In order for large predators such as wolf, lynx, bear and wolverine to regain their home all over Europe, they are neededAcceptance of the people and correspondingMeasures to protect farm animals. Knowledge of traditional herd protection can be just as effective as innovative methods and techniques. Thereforethe partners bring together animal owners from different regionsto talk about effective herd protection. FurthermoreGather the various experiences in dealing with large predators, provide information about funding opportunities and find contacts. In addition, they promote pragmatic and fact-based communication in order to prepare the people on site for life with the animals and to conduct a constructive dialogue about the different interests.The project focuses on different regions in which populations (will) spread across borders. These include Scandinavia, the Iberian Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains as well as northern Central Europe and the Alpine region

Running time: 2017 to 2022

Budget: 6 million euros (of which 3.6 euros from EU funding)

Participating countries: Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, Hungary

Cooperation with: Cattle keepers, foresters, hunters, farmers, local people

Animal species: Bear, lynx, wolf and wolverine


  • Euro Large Carnivores Project

    WWF Germany leads the EuroLargeCarnivores project. Together with 15 partners across Europe, we want to improve coexistence with large predators through communication, cross-border cooperation and the exchange of knowledge. Continue reading...

  • Wolves

    The wolf, hunted systematically since the Middle Ages and finally exterminated in Germany in 1904, is returning. Continue reading ...

  • lynx

    The lynx was hunted mercilessly because of its coveted fur, as a predator of farm animals and as a competitor for hunters. Continue reading ...