Czech Republic | Chances with Wolves


Wolves are recolonizing the Czech Republic in leaps and bounds. Farmers in affected areas have been hit by attacks on livestock and are resentful of what they see as toothless protections and unpaid compensation from the state. Conservationists welcome the wolf as a much needed predator in the ecosystem. Millions of euros worth of damage is caused to Czech farms every year by unchecked populations of wild boar and deer that thrive in the absence of large predators. The return of the wolf is touted as the solution to keeping the wild boar population under control. Whichever side of the rewilding debate they fall on, Czech farmers have no choice but to learn to live with wolves.

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