Fifth meeting of the Polish-German wolf working group took place in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety in Berlin on February 25th, 2014. Meeting, attended by officials and wolf experts from both countries, focused on standards for the monitoring of the Central European Wolf Population in Germany and Poland. Monitoring standards were presented by Ilka Reinhard (LUPUS Wildlife Consulting, Germany), Dr. Sabina Nowak and Dr. Robert Mysłajek - both from the Association for Nature "Wolf", Poland.
Korneliusz Kurek - member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Nature "Wolf" - conducted a lecture on methods of the wolf studies at the Faculty of Biology of the Silesian University in Katowice, southern Poland) on January 23rd, 2014. The lecture was attended by dozens of students of the Silesian University.
In December 2013 a German hunter (61 years old) illegally shot a wolf (1.5 years old male) during a driving hunt in the Jastrowie forest division, near Wałcz in Western Poland. The wolf was shot from a distance of 12 m precisely in its head. Initially the hunter explained that he recognized the animal as a roe deer. After he stated he was attacked by this animal, but finally he claimed again he was convinced that it is a roe deer. The wolf belonged to a pack which was established in early 2012. It is probably an offspring from a first litter of the breeding pair. The family group is one of 30 wolf packs which we monitor in Western Poland. The hunter paid a fee about 2,500 Euro to come back to Germany. Police is conducting a detailed investigation. Last weeks the hunter was interrogated several times in Poland. The Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Poznań has asked the court to be an auxiliary prosecutor. It looks that the case will end up in the court like the case of two Belgian hunters, which were judged guilty and sentenced by the Court in Choszczno to three months imprisonment, suspended for three years, as well as a fine of 20,000 PLN (ca. 5 000 EUR) and an injunctive 8,000 PLN (ca. 2 000 EUR) (each of them). The judgment became valid as both hunters have not appealed.
On January 10th, 2014, the Night of Biologists was organized in universities all over the Poland. The Association for Nature "Wolf" supported two events conducted at the Silesian University in Katowice and University of Warsaw. Kids attending event at the Silesian University received our publications, while at the University of Warsaw we run a stand under the motto "Large carnivores in Poland". Katarzyna Tołkacz and Korneliusz Kurek - both members of the society and PhD students at the University of Warsaw - told kids about Polish predators, their ecology and conservation.
December issue of a Dutch magazine "Vakblad Natuur Bos Landschap" was dedicated to wolves. One of articles by Robert Mysłajek, Sabina Nowak and Edgar van der Grift focused on wolves in Poland.