Lynx hunting prohibited this season / Article
Such a decision is linked to the change in the status of the lynx in the hunt, said the VMD, considering that there are plans to make changes to the Cabinet regulations regarding the list of specially protected species and restricted specially protected species, which define the Eurasian lynx as a specially protected species,
The VMD has decided not to set the authorized amount of lynx hunting during this season and therefore will not issue a lynx hunting license.
The decision was made following a conversation with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and the Nature Conservation Agency, which is responsible for monitoring specially protected species.
As previously reported by LSM, the past year saw a growing campaign to stop the hunting of feral cats in Latvia.
The Habitats Directive of the Council of Europe prohibits the hunting of this protected species of European interest, only providing for certain exceptional cases, in particular if Latvia is able to demonstrate that the number of animals is sufficient and is not decreasing. According to the VMD, the lynx population is “stable with a slight increasing trend”.
For the 2020/2021 hunting season, the amount of lynx that can be hunted was set at 80 animals, but included a ban on hunting female lynxes with babies born last spring.
Additional rules are also in place regarding who can hunt lynx and how. Before the lynx is moved from where it was hunted, it must be photographed and reported, along with information such as the date of the hunt and GPS coordinates. However, it is likely that illegal hunting is also taking place.
The wolf hunt has not been interrupted. The VMD has determined that in the 2021/2022 hunting season, 280 wolves can be hunted, the same number as in the last four hunting seasons.
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