One of the factors behind wolf attacks on livestock is the lack of wild prey in sufficient abundance and density to support the needs of the packs. The project will address this by studying the situation of wild prey species in the area and working towards increasing their numbers.
Creation of a management plan for wolf prey species South of the Douro River
Hunting management plans will be prepared for wolf prey species (roe deer, wild boar and red deer) in Portugal through a participatory process.
In order to ensure all stakeholders are included in this participatory process, hunting associations in core areas will be mapped, and participatory sessions will be organized. Other relevant stakeholder including the general public and private owners will also be involved in order to define the guidelines to be included in the management plans.
Increasing wild prey availability for wolves
Based on the results of the roe deer census (Action A.4) and the information obtained in the human dimension study (Action A.7), the best areas for roe deer restocking and habitat improvement will be identified.
The goal is to increase roe deer densities in areas where there are wolf packs or that may be re-colonized by the wolf in the future. When wild prey exists in abundance and livestock are protected, wolves feed preferentially on wild prey, and the impact on livestock production diminishes, even becoming residual in many areas of the Iberian Peninsula.