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Lambs likely killed by wolves in Brandenburg

DDP/The Local · 20 Aug 2010, 14:56

Published: 20 Aug 2010 14:56 GMT+02:00

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The attack occurred in a meadow in the town of Brück, just south of Potsdam near the High Fläming Nature Park on August 11, daily Märkische Allgemeine reported on Friday.

“Though the bite patterns are not the same on the older and younger animals, we can't rule out that wolves were responsible,” said Doris Lorenz of the state Environment Ministry.

It would be the first such wolf attack on record in the region, she told the paper.

The bodies of two animals that died in the attacks have been sent to a laboratory to determine whether the attack was by wolves or possibly a roaming pack of dogs.

The incident was made possible in part by a small opening in the pasture fence, Lorenz said, and she urged livestock owners to take greater precautions against Germany's growing wolf population.

According to the Environment Ministry, the rare and protected canines live in seven parts of Brandenburg, mainly on old military training sites and abandoned mining facilities. In total some 60 wolves live in Germany, mainly in the northeast, but experts believe they are constantly spreading across the country.

This February, the ÖJV ecological hunters’ association urged people in the southern state of Bavaria to remain calm following confirmation that a lone wolf has been spotted near the southern community of Brannenburg.

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The Canis lupus, or grey wolf, was hunted in Germany beginning in medieval times. The species disappeared from the country in the 19th century, when they were driven east to Poland and Russia. But the wolf has been making a slow return to Germany despite residents’ fears and several lethal incidents with angry hunters.

In June 2009 a hunter in Saxony-Anhalt was charged with killing a male wolf that lived with a female and their young cubs at the military training facility in Altengrabow.

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Your comments about this article

16:37 August 20, 2010 by William Thirteen
oh please! did you see the way those lambs were dressed?
19:21 August 20, 2010 by Gretl
Pyrenees Mountain Dogs - flock protection is what they are bred for. My mother is a breeder in Montana, where her dogs protect her sheep and horses from coyotes, wolves, mountain lions and grizzley bears.
19:37 August 20, 2010 by wxman
Wolves killing lambs? Whoever heard of such a thing??
20:49 August 20, 2010 by rebelcowboy77
These are Deutsch Wolves. Just post a sign "Töten ist verboten!". They will obey or suffer the wrath of the Jäger.

Waidmanns Heil !!!!
22:26 August 20, 2010 by MonkeyMania
NaJa! The day we don't have wolves around our sparse countryside will be a sad day for us all. As if this wasn't really under control by the Jäger Polizei!!!!!. Give me a break. I often go cycling around the Grünewald and it is a very nice natural experience. Live and let live. Please don't have us all living in Suburbia. We are close to becoming farmed animals ourselves.
22:53 August 20, 2010 by Jasmine33
Gretl is right about the Pyrenees dogs, you can't go wrong with them. I raise a few Boer goats (the breed originated in South Africa), and I haven't lost one in 2 years or more. It's best to put a quality pup in with the herd that has young and let them grow up together and develop a strong bond.

In a very large herd a rancher will need more than one Pyrenees, but in a small to medium sized herd one will do. While there is no guarantee that some livestock will never be lost again with the Pyr, it will greatly cut down on the losses.
07:07 August 21, 2010 by wenddiver
Better build your fences out of brick, or they will simply huff and the they puff and blow the fence in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08:47 August 21, 2010 by toemag
Sorry to tell you that Wolves were shot out when the people understood that they were a danger to society and livestock, these days they are on the protected species list, any Jäger who shoots one will be looking at a harsh fine and the loss of his Jagdschein.

Waidmanns Geheul !!?!!
00:27 August 22, 2010 by BR549
If we kill all the lambs, sheep and other domesticated animals, it will end the wolves attacking them. Debate ended!
14:01 August 23, 2010 by listowel
Has anyone heard of bears wandering around Alexanderplatz?
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