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Number of wolves in Poland increases, protection brings effects: scientists

The number of wolves in Poland has increased because they have been under protection for years, while the damage they cause does not merit drastic changes, said scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in a statement on wolf protection on Monday.

The statement was adopted by the Committee for the Protection and Management of Natural Resources at the Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn and Białystok. It is related to recent information about wolves in Poland, discussions about this species, comments, often negative, regarding various incidents involving wolves, including suggestions about the necessity of shooting these animals.

The scientists claimed that shooting the wolves is not an effective tool to limit the damage they cause to people. In turn, the Committee stressed that people should be aware of what the presence of a wolf means, what risks it carries and what should be done and what should be avoided as the risks “should not be underestimated”.

The specialists from PAN postulate to secure farm animals, to scare wolves away when they come too close to farms, not to leave dogs unattended, because dogs that are left loose may attract wolves and be killed by them. Specialists also dissuade leaving and throwing away food and dead animals, because this also attracts wolves. They have a particularly negative opinion about offering food specifically to attract wolves for photographic purposes.

It was also pointed out in the statement that although the wolf is a “potentially dangerous” predator like many other animals, the probability that it will attack a human being and threaten one’s health or life is “extremely low”, because even dogs attack people more often.

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