European Governments Agree to Address Wolf-Dog Hybridization

*Note* It was recently pointed out by one member of Wolf Education International, that readers should take precautions when reading this article, particularly where it concerns the determinations to be made regarding testing and procedures for hybridization. He writes, “The Finnish authorities released a proposal relying on decisions made in Dec 2014. There is, however, one difference. Wolf purity is defined with DNA only!

I don’t know how easy it is hunting wolves in the US, but over here there is a short period from Dec to March when successful wolf hunting is possible (hunting wolves requires snow). Further from 50 – 100 experienced hunters are needed all familiar with the local terrain. A first hunt is needed to obtain samples for DNA analysis and a second hunt when DNA results are available. Note, the European Endangered Species legislation prohibits from keeping wild wolves in cages while waiting for DNA results. Maybe while waiting for DNA results the snow and the hybrid are both gone, winter turned to spring or the hybrid has breeded with another hybrid or wolf giving birth to a new generation of bastards … and the wheel keeps on spinning.”

My quess is that things get even worse.

*Note* (Added 1/14/15) Part of the precautions that readers should be aware of is the fact that while the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE) states they are willing to “address” the issue of wolf-dog hybridization, one has to wonder which came first – the need to protect wolf-dog hybrids, even to the point of protection exceeding that of pure wolves, or the agreement to look into the issue of hybridization?

Hybridization between wolves and domestic dogs is problematic at many levels. To first put into place protections to ensure the survival of hybrids, making it more difficult to remove a hybrid than a wolf, one has to question the, after the fact, willingness to discuss the concerns over hybridization. Proceed with caution.

“Hybridization between wild and domesticated animals poses a complex wildlife conservation challenge. A prominent example is hybridization between wolves (Canis lupus) and dogs (Canis (lupus) familiaris), which has been documented to occur in many parts of Europe. Because of the many dimensions and complexities involved, special care tends to be required in order to avoid a confusion of tongues regarding the issue, whether in the biological discipline or in the realm of wildlife law and policy.”<<<Read More>>>