Information from the Environmental Board
Photo: Valeri Štšerbatõh
Estonian text posted 31.10.2019
The Environmental Board (Keskkonnaamet) has confirmed a primary hunting number of 61 specimens for wolves.
The aim of the wolf hunt which runs from November to the end of February is to control their numbers and so reduce predator damage to domestic animal owners caused by wolves.
As practiced earlier the wolf hunt will be directed to areas with most predator damage. At the same time it is attempted not to disturb wolf packs in larger natural territories. Such an arrangement will maintain the favourable conditions of the wolf population as well as the ecological role of the species while avoiding excessive damage to livestock breeders.
In determining the hunting number limits the number of hunted wolves proposed by the Environment Agency (Keskkonnaagentuur) and the data on damage caused by wolves collected by the Environmental Board (Keskkonnaamet) were used as a basis.
„The wolf is doing well in
For better control of the damage the hunting of wolves is arranged already for the second year on larger control areas often encompassing areas in several counties. Altogether there are more than 20 such areas in
This year 144 cases of wolf caused damage have been registered, most of which occurred in the Harju, Järva, Rapla and Viljandi counties. Because of this the greatest numbers of wolves may be hunted in the Järva (10), Harju (10), Pärnu-Rapla (6) and Valga-Tartu (6) areas. While last year 524 sheep were killed this year’s number in the beginning of the wolf hunt is
„This year a debate was caused by the suspicion that a wolf attacked a human in Hiiumaa. Experts from the Environmental Board and Environment Agency studied the case in place, where it turned out that a dog actually caused the attack, The wolf has enough food in nature and due to the regular hunting the wolves’ shyness of humans has been preserved. Due to this there is not reason to fear that a wolf would attack a human ,“ Aimar Rakko said.
The hunting allowance is adjusted during the hunting period following monitoring observations and predator damage. The more data we get from the hunters the better the size and growth of the wolf herd can be estimated and following from this also the size of an additional hunting allowance decided.
During the previous hunting season hunting of 65 wolves was allowed in
Wolf hunting may be arranged as still (ambush) hunt or stalking hunt from November 1st to February 28th.
The wolf hunting numbers, other data and map of areas can be found on the Environmental Board (Keskkonnaamet) website.
Wolf tracks photographed by Aimar Rakko