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The Wolf as a Native Species - Current Findings and Challenges

Start: Friday, November 10, 2023 6:00 pm
End: Friday, November 10, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: Haus des Engagements, Rehlingstraße 9 (inner courtyard), 79100 Freiburg (Map, Coordinates: 47.98934, 7.83945)
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Update 2023-11-13

The slides (in German!): 2023-11-10-der-wolf-als-heimisches-wildtier.pdf


Some resources you can read beforehand (all in German):

What will we do?

Felix Böcker (Head of the Monitoring Division, FVA Wildlife Institute, Lynx and Wolf Department) will give a talk and answer questions. Afterwards we will identify some opinions where people differ on this topic and practice “Double Crux” to identify the roots of the disagreement.

Originally, the wolf was native to the entire Northern Hemisphere. The decline in habitats and deliberate reduction of populations led to the extinction of the wolf in large parts of Europe and other continents.

For several decades now, an elevated protection status has enabled the wolf to reintroduce itself to formerly inhabited regions. In the year 2000, the first reproduction in Germany was documented once again. Since then, the wolf has continued to spread in Germany. In 2021/2022, 230 wolf territories were counted in Germany (Source: DBBW). However, with the return of the wolf and its scientific monitoring, many aspects and questions have emerged. One of the primary challenges is livestock farming. Controversies in nature and species protection also contribute to ongoing discussions in society, for example.

This presentation aims to provide insight into the current state of knowledge regarding wolf monitoring and to highlight questions and discussions related to the topic of wolves.

Double crux is an exercise done in pairs where the goal is first to find an issue where you have a disagreement and then identify the fundamental root cause of that disagreement. It’s not about confrontation or discussing the issue, but collaborating to find that crux that is making you disagree. For example two people might disagree on wearing sandals with socks. After some collaborating they find that the crux of their disagreement is how much importance they assign to following tacit social norms. They could then dig even deeper why these social norms are important or why they feel important.


You are worried you have nothing to contribute? No worries! Everyone is welcome!

There always is a mix of German and English speakers and we configure the discussion rounds so that everyone feels comfortable participating. The talk itself will be in German but we will do live translations as needed.

This meetup will be hosted by Felix.

There will be snacks and drinks.

We will go and get dinner after the meetup. Anyone who has time is welcome to join.


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A wolf in the forest

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