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Title of the project

Conservation of wolf through acceptance by all interest groups: development of the Croatian Wolf Management Plan


Ensuring conservation of wolves in co-existence with humans by identification of interest groups and participants and focusing on joint decision-making

Research into the Croatian wolf population, monitoring of it and its prey species;
Distribution of 96 Tornjak guardian dogs to shepherds;
Establishment of 45 electric fences;
Creation and distribution of education material regarding wolves and Tornjak guardian dogs, as well as work with schools;
Development of the Croatian Wolf Management Plan

Country hunters’ associations (namely the counties of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Lika-Senj, Split–Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin) and the Croation Hunters’ Association were involved in the joint decision-making and the formation of the Croation Wolf Management Plan;
Hunters worked alongside foresters in the monitoring of wolf populations and their prey.


joint work continues – Action plan for implementation of wolf management plan accepted;Quota for regular kill agreed;Reporting of illegal kills;Cooperation with hunters and foresters in monitoring of wolves and prey;Plan revision during 1997;Wolf population was estimated at 190 in 2007 (up from 50 in 1990s)


Country Croatia
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Forest/Woodland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, Hunting reserve, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species grey wolf - Canis lupus

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners State Institute for Nature Protection (http://www.dzzp.hr/eng/)Veterinary Faculty, Zagreb (http://www-staro.vef.unizg.hr/en/)
Other partners County Hunters Associations(counties of Dubrovnik-Neretva (http://www.lsdnz.hr/), Lika-Senj (http://slobodnalika.com/novosti/18327_lickosenjski+zupanijski+lovacki+savez++++povijest++podlapace++prekrojili++lovci+.html), Split–Dalmatia (http://www.hls.com.hr/zupanijski-savezi/) and Šibenik-Knin (http://www.lovackisavez-skz.hr/))Croatian Association for Wolf Protection (http://www.life-vuk.hr/eng/wolf/)Croatian Forests (http://www.hrsume.hr/)Croatian Hunters Association (http://www.hls.com.hr/)Croatian Livestock Selection CentreDepartment for Economic Development, County of Primorje-Gorski kotarFaculty of Forestry, University in Zagreb Faculty of Science, University in ZagrebFaculty of Veterinary Science, University in ZagrebGreen ActionKrka National ParkLivestock Breeders AssociationMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Division of Forestry andHunting, Division for Veterinary ScienceMinistry of Culture, Division for Nature ProtectionMinistry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and ConstructionNorthern Velebit National ParkOikon d.o.oPaklenica National ParkPlitvice Lakes National ParkRisnjak National ParkSlovenian Department of Forestry, «Jelen» Hunting GroundState Institut for Nature ProtectionUniversity of Slovenia, in LjubljanaVelebit Nature Park