The wolf is probably the most charismatic and controversial animal that ever existed causing a mixture of feelings – curiosity, fear, affection, etc. Conflicts between humans and large carnivores are historic. In Portugal, the highly humanized landscape led to a not always pacific relationship between human and wildlife activities.
The wolf is a predator that normally preys on wild ungulates (roe deer, wild boar), it´s native prey. When wild prey is scarce or inexistent the wolf is forced to prey on other available ungulates – domestic ungulates - such as sheep, goats, cattle and horses that feed on high-altitude pastures on wolf territory. Lack of appropriate preventive measures to reduce wolf attacks make these animals more susceptible to depredation.
Hence, the main goal of this project is to reduce livestock losses caused by wolves and consequently reduce human-wolf conflict.