Background

Medialoup Project goes to Spain

 The French National Hunters’ Association FNC (Fédération Nationale des Chasseurs, FACE Member) received support from the Ministry of Ecology and the Foundation of the House of Hunting and Nature (Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature) to coordinate a mediation and communication project: Medialoup, to address the return of the wolf in France and Europe. FACE is part of the Steering Committee and is coordinating the organisation of 3 workshops by FACE Members, notably from Italy, Sweden and Spain.

The third and final workshop of the project hosted representatives from the French departmental (FDC) and national (FNC) hunting federations’, the Louvèterie, the French Big Game Hunters’ Association (Association Nationale des Chasseurs de Grand Gibier), the Ministry of Ecology and FACE on 12 September at the Royal Spanish Hunting Federation.

Historically, the species was considered harmful in Spain and was therefore persecuted. In 1970 the wolf became both protected and hunted. Over the past 30 years, these protectionist measures, the rural exodus, increasing forest cover as well as populations of large ungulates (Chamois, deer, roe deer, wild boar), group behaviour, reproductive rates and the opportunistic nature of the species have led to an increase in the wolf population.

The Steering Committee prepared a summary on last month’s workshop which you can download below.

For more information on the Medialoup project and these reporting workshops, visit the project website on http://docs.chasseurdefrance.com/Intraloup/index.htm