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European governments agree to address wolf-dog hybridization

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:12 am
by Koa
This is an older "article," if you will, from around December. I thought this would help provide a unique perspective on how hybridization between wild and domestic animals (rather than hybridization between two wild species at base, i.e., the red "wolf" and the coyote) can affect conservation.
Author: John Linnell
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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.

By Arie Trouwborst

Bern Convention Standing Committee Recommendation

A significant step towards reducing such confusion was taken early December 2014, when government representatives from all over Europe agreed on a unified approach to address the problem of hybridization between wolves and dogs. At its annual meeting in Strasbourg, from 2-5 December 2014, the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats adopted ‘Recommendation No. 173 (2014) on hybridization between wild gray wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)’
Read more here: ... ridization