Yesterday EU Commissioner Mr. Vella met with about 80 EU, national and regional parliamentarians in Brussels. In this inter-parliamentary conference, they discussed the protection status of the wolf in Europe. It focussed on concerns of farmers, foresters, hunters and politicians regarding wolf predation, and ways for better management. Currently, the wolf is under strict environmental protection. There are exceptions only under very specific conditions. This includes a situation that threatens human or animal safety, and when we have implemented all other forms of protection that do not result in killing of wolves. The current situation in Salzburg was used as an argument to change the protection status of the wolf. Opposition wants to see a wolf-free alpine zone and unbureaucratic ways that allow killing of wolves.