Just like after the non-fatal bear attack in Italy, we received in the last days after the many unverified and often hyped-up media reports of a supposedly deadly dog or possible wolf attack in Greece many angry mails and comments. They hyped up and often very emotional reaction is often seen in regions where the animals and in this case the wolf is relatively new to the nature landscape. In countries where the large carnivores are much more abundant, the emotions and hype are replaced by facts and a common sense approach to managing the situations. Always remember the Media has cater to their clients and have to increase their circulation and nothing does this better than a good or in this case bad headline.
My appeal to all of you is therefore very simple: Stay calm and do not react to every media, Facebook, Twitter or Internet posting.
Both the anti-wolf and some pro-wolf parties use such hyped up situations media reports for their own extreme agenda.
Take a break, drink a cup of coffee or tea and take a walk outside.
The return of the Wolf is causing more and more hectic and emotional reactions from all parties and the discussion is becoming more and more chaotic. Remarkably it is not the wolves that are causing this but our own impatience, desire for headlines and shortsightedness coupled with lack of knowledge. Let´s just remember that Dogs, Horses, Cows, Ponies, Mosquitos as well as Ticks kill people every year in Europe but none of these incidents cause such a fervor.
The only thing that helps in such situation is to keep calm. It is always recommended to inform yourselves objectively, check out the renown media websites and well reputable newspapers, check the Websites of the National Environmental Authorities and Ministries and read very carefully what is written in detail – not what they want you to believe.
And please do not forget: We have a strong European species protection. It can´t be ignored or just be replaced. All 27 EU Countries just confirmed the FFH directive again last year. Killing a Wolf is only possible under very specific conditions and after careful examination by the authorities in a multistakeholder process just like we do not kill all the dogs or cows just because a deadly incident happened somewhere.
We will continue with our work to educate the public about the ecological benefits of the wolf to the management of forests and the health of wildlife in Europe regardless of the current media hype.