According to a newspaper report, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke wants to make it easier to kill wolves and thus better protect grazing animals such as sheep. “It must be possible to shoot down wolves after cracks more quickly and with less bureaucracy,” said the Green politician to the “Welt”.

“When dozens of sheep are killed and lie dead on the pasture, it’s a tragedy for every grazer and a huge burden for those affected. That’s why they need more support and security.” At the end of September she wants to present concrete proposals.

The FDP had previously spoken out in the traffic light coalition in favor of far-reaching regulations to protect grazing animals from wolves. In the coalition agreement, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP agreed to organize the coexistence of grazing animals, humans and wolves so well “that as few conflicts as possible occur despite the increasing wolf population”. It is important to start doing now, said FDP parliamentary group leader Carina Konrad last Tuesday.

In Germany, the federal states are responsible for wolf management, but the wolf is strictly protected by international and national laws and has the highest possible protection status.

Lower Saxony’s head of government, Stephan Weil (SPD), says he now wants to work at EU level to make the hunt for vicious wolves easier. “Our goal is to point out in Brussels that the European rules must not be so rigid that they block the urgently needed regional solutions,” he told the “Welt”.