It is our pleasure to inform that Association for Nature "Wolf" was the organisation chosen most frequently by participants of the last edition of the Eneloop European Photo Challenge, organized by Panasonic. Thus, our society received a donation of 5,000 Euro. President of AfN WOLF Dr. Sabina Nowak received yesterday a symbolic cheque from Mr. Mirosław Gugała - head of the Polish branch of the Panasonic Marketing Europe. We will use those funds to finance wolf monitoring in Poland.
Katarzyna Tołkacz - member of our society and PhD student at the Faculty of Biology University of Warsaw - gave a lecture about wolf ecology and conservation at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management of the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (E Poland). Event, attended by ca. 40 high school students, was organized within celebration of the Earth Day.
In USA livestock losses to wolves represent only a small fraction of overall livestock mortality, but the response to these depredations has resulted in widespread conflicts including significant efforts at lethal wolf control to reduce impacts on livestock producers. To demonstrate that nonlethal techniques can be effective at large scales, Suzanne Stone and her team applied nonlethal predator deterrents and animal husbandry techniques on an adaptive basis to protect sheep on public grazing lands in Idaho. Over the 7-year period, sheep depredation losses to wolves were 3.5 times higher in the nonprotected area than in the protected area. No wolves were lethally controlled within the protected area and sheep depredation losses to wolves were just 0.02% of the total number of sheep present, the lowest loss rate among sheep-grazing areas in wolf range statewide, whereas wolves were lethally controlled in the nonprotected area. Stone's study, just published in Journal of Mammalogy, provides evidence that proactive use of a variety of nonlethal techniques applied conditionally can help reduce depredation on large open-range operations.
10th edition of the Fan Festival will be held in Wrocław (S Poland), 20-21 May. There will be plenty of presentations about travels, reportage and technology. Dr. Sabina Nowak from the Association for Nature "Wolf" is one of the invaited plenary speakers, and she will give a talk about wolf ecology, behaviour and conservation.
Thanks to our camera traps we have regular insight into wolf life in different parts of Poland. In March 2017 the camera recorded a dramatic struggle of a wolf who broke off a poacher' snare, but his paw is severely damaged. The steal wire hangs on the paw and cuts into the wound at every step and prevents movement. The suffering wolf is a member of the family group living in the Natura 2000 site Świętoszów-Ławszowa Heaths in the Lower Silesian forest (Western Poland). We have informed Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Wrocław about this case. Our team was searching for the injured wolf, but we did not find him yet. You may watch video with snared wolf on our YouTube channel.