With the Eurasian wolf now likely to permanently settle in Drenthe, the Province is taking preparatory measures
Wolves have often been spotted in the Province of Drenthe, however they usually leave the province to pop back over the German border. But sooner or later, according to the board of the province of Drenthe, the wolf will permanently settle Drenthe, thanks to its semi-protected natural landscape. Therefore, numerous arrangements must now be made to protect sheep, says the Province of Drenthe.
The provincial government has officially established a “prevention of wolf damage in Drenthe” committee. This committee consists of representatives of the sheep-breeding sector, agricultural and nature organisations. Among other things, they are committed to preventive measures to protect sheep against an attacks by any wolves that settle.
Henk Jumelet, member of the Provincial Executive, has urged the area committee to start now instead of waiting for a wolf to settle in: “We understand the unrest among sheep farmers and want to help them protect their animals. There are now many indications that we will have an established wolf in Drenthe in the not too distant future. Then it is good that we prepare for this, such as with a scheme for applying for compensation for sheep farmers. Sheep farmers can use this to protect their animals and the committee members can support them with advice. ”