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Poaching of wolves is among the most important causes of mortality of the species and a clear indication of the still low level of acceptance of the predator.

Among the illegal ones, the most sneaky and damaging method to eliminate wolves is the use of poison. Toxic substances used to kill wolves can be dangerous for the whole ecosystem but also for people. The use of poisoned baits is thus not only one of the most serious threats to the conservation of the wolf, but also a dangerous practice also for a large number of other wild species, from small carnivores (foxes, badgers, …) to all those animals that eat carcasses and that can be in turn poisoned by the remains of killed animals. 


Illegal killing must be minimised to ensure the long-term conservation of a viable wolf population in the Alps and to limit the collateral damage caused by the use of poison on other wild and domestic animals.

How much does hidden poaching affect the evolution of the wolf population? An example from Sweden.

LIFE WolfAlps EU continues on the successful path taken by the previous LIFE WolfAlps project with the establishment of new antipoison dog units  that will complement the existing ones so as to cover the entire Alpine region. 

There is still a long way to go to raise public awareness. The message must be conveyed that the use of poisoned baits is not only illegal, but also constitutes serious environmental damage and a potentially dangerous practice for people.

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