The wolf is on the rise in Switzerland. Therefore, the canton of Nidwalden now wants to examine protective measures for the population. However, there have been no more cracks in the canton since 2019.

Because, according to two postulants, wolves are increasingly losing their shyness towards people, the canton of Nidwalden is now examining possible protective measures for them Population, especially children. (Symbol image)

 Nidwalden is examining protective measures for the population from the wolf

There is still no pack in Nidwalden. There has also been no wolf attack since 2019. (Symbol image)

 Nidwalden is examining protective measures for the population from the wolf

According to Karin Kayser-Frutschi, government councilor of Nidwalden, the wolf discussion is a permanent topic in the population. The fear of the mountain population that their children might be attacked by a wolf on their way to school is reason enough to act. (Symbolic picture)

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  • The canton of Nidwalden is examining protective measures for the population against the wolf. Because the wolves would increasingly lose their shyness towards people, it is said in a move in the district administrator.

  • There have been no more cracks in the canton of Nidwalden since 2019, but individual wolves have been spotted.

  • The government is also examining other herd protection measures.

The wolf has returned to Switzerland via the Italian and French Alps since 1995. In the canton of Nidwalden alone, 28 sheep and one goat have been killed since the first wolf attack in 2009. There have been no more cracks since 2019, although there have been sightings of individual wolves in the canton of Nidwalden.

So far, the wolf has been a challenge for agriculture in particular. According to the two district administrators Paul Odermatt and Armin Odermatt, however, the wolf would increasingly lose its shyness towards people, which is why it increasingly poses a threat to settlement areas. They therefore call on the government of Nidwalden to examine protective measures for the population, especially for children.

Define and show the red line

“If the population is afraid of encounters with the wolf, we as politicians have to take this fear seriously,” said Government Councilor Karin Kayser-Frutschi to 20 Minuten. The wolf discussion is a permanent topic in the population. «It must be clarified with experts to what extent this fear is justified. If it turns out that the wolf can effectively lose its fear of humans, a red line has to be defined, from which point onwards one should proceed against individual specimens with which methods ”, continues Kayser.

According to Kayser, the solution cannot be to exterminate the wolf, but primarily to seek dialogue with the population. «In a dialogue with the population we want to show which protective measures are already being taken today. On the other hand, we hope to receive input that can be included in the federal wolf management ”, Kayser continues. There is still no pack in Nidwalden and the situation is relaxed at the moment. “It is important that we can show a red line. But this line must first be checked or defined, ”as Kayser adds. Ultimately, the competence to intervene in wolf packs remains with the federal government.

Herd protection expanded

According to the initiative, herd protection should also be expanded. A few years ago, farmers were provided with a complete emergency set such as fences, flashing lights, cattle keepers and other utensils in case of emergency. There is also a local SMS early warning service for livestock owners. However, farmers are not obliged to make use of these measures, but act on their own responsibility. If necessary, they are given technical advice and supported by the public sector.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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