Federal Administrative Court
Evidence options for killing a Alpha Wolf will be adjusted
In future, in addition to DNA evidence, other evidence will also be permissible in order to obtain permission to shoot a alpha wolf that has caused considerable damage. This was decided by the Federal Administrative Court.
The conditions for obtaining a shooting permit for wolves are relaxed. (theme picture)
The cantons can now also provide other, objective evidence that a parent animal in a wolf pack was significantly involved in the damage. This emerges from a judgment of the Federal Administrative Court published on Friday.
So far, the Federal Office for the Environment has only permitted DNA evidence from dead livestock if a shooting permit has been applied for. The court considers this view to be too narrow.
In this specific case, it is about the shooting of the male parent “M92” of the Beverin wolf pack. The wolf was already killed in November 2022, but the present legal question is relevant for the future. (Judgment A-5142/2021 of 18.01.2023)