An unprecedented event took place in Krušné Hory on the German border. A wolf attacked a man on Sunday. A pack of five wolves tried to eat a hunting dog. When the forester scared the wolves with a stick, the biggest one – probably an alpha male – attacked by biting his hand. The dog is fine, its owner was taken to the hospital, where it was vaccinated against rabies just in case. The police are investigating – among other things, DNA samples were taken from the forester’s torn jacket, the Polish specialist portal Wildmen reported.
The Nature and Landscape Protection Agency of the Czech Republic (AOPK CR) wrote in a statement: “We are trying to determine what really happened. There is no reason to panic. This is a situation we are not underestimating, we are closely monitoring the area and gathering more information. We recommend that people keep their dogs on a lead as they may be at risk.” Wolf hunting is prohibited in our southern neighbors. The AOPK CR has prepared a plan for the removal of problem animals, which is currently awaiting approval from the Ministry. In the case of “unusual behavior” — which shows the wolf has lost its fear of humans — the plan calls for its removal from the population. The Czech forestry authorities did not want to comment on the case. Spokesperson Eva Jouklová only confirmed the presence of wolves:
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“The current problem is the unregulated increase in the number of wolves losing their shyness and attacking livestock. They have no natural predators, and no forester or hunter can affect the wolf population. Only the nature conservation authority, i.e. the Ministry of Environment, decides on the regulation of the number of employees.”
M. Holan, who was bitten by one of the wolves. (Photo: Twitter)
Czech hunters – like Poland – are asking for the rapid adoption of the management plan for large carnivores. According to the president of the Czech-Moravian Hunting Association, Jiří Janota, the ministry should create clear regulations on how to behave in such situations, that is, it should undertake to remove problematic individuals from the population. Czech Wolves fans are cautious about this story. They monitor the area and have not noticed any problematic behavior…
A man wanted to take an antler home from the forest near Dunaszentmiklós. When the professional hunters caught him red-handed on the way home, he attacked them.
A 50-year-old man collected deer antlers from the forest without a permit near Dunaszentmiklós on the afternoon of March 27, 2023. Two members of the local hunting company caught the Szomó resident in the act, who was on his way home with his prey.
They called on him to hand over the antlers to them. B. Lajos did not comply, and when they tried to hold him back, he attacked the hunters. A knife was also found, the man threatened him with it, and then left the antlers behind. As soon as the police learned about the incident, they set out to find the perpetrator, who was arrested at his home in Szomód. The man did not deny his actions either then or during his interrogation at the police station. He said that he regularly walks the forest in search of dead antlers, and he also admitted that he attacked hunters who caught him in the act.Proceedings were initiated against B. Lajos at the Tata Police Station for committing the crime of armed violence against a person performing a public duty.
Based on the decision of the General Assembly of the Hunting Chamber, in 2024 HUF 500 million will again be placed in the National Wildlife Management Fund, which serves to finance developments for the purpose of wildlife management.
OMVK : Based on the decision of the General Assembly of the Hunting Chamber, in 2024 HUF 500 million will again be placed into the National Wildlife Management Fund, which serves to finance developments for the purpose of wildlife management. In addition, the advocacy group is also announcing the highly successful Professional Hunter Equipment Procurement Program, within the framework of which this year HUF 282 million will be awarded to those entitled to hunt in the form of an association to improve the working conditions of professional staff. Report on the Assembly of Delegates on March 24.
Speaking about the activities of the organization’s headquarters in 2022, the president , Dr. László Jámbor, emphasized: the report provides an extremely detailed picture of the work carried out in the past year, so he does not comment on it verbally. Since no questions or comments were received on the material, it was unanimously accepted by the delegates.
General Secretary Péter Bajdik spoke about the management of the center in 2022 . Turning to the essential points, he reminded: since last year, the management of the organization has been trying to ensure that the center always has a strategic reserve of around HUF 500 million – this was achieved last year as well as this year.
Regarding the management of 2022, he noted: the financial affairs developed much better than expected, partly due to the hunting permits obtained by foreigners. The reason for this is not the increase in the price of permits (the resulting surplus will be realized this year), but the fact that many people exchanged them last year at the old prices. The closing funds totaled HUF 663 million, taking into account the remaining amount of the National Wildlife Management Fund and the amounts remaining due to the center’s frugal management, the chamber was able to start the year 2023 with HUF 163 million more than planned. The general secretary emphasized: restrained planning does not increase the center’s revenues: the portion above the 500 million reserve is returned to the sector by the interest representatives. In relation to the financial report, János Imre, the chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: the board he leads discussed the material, the data contained in it correspond to the results of the audit, so he unanimously supports the acceptance of the material. The 2022 management report was also unanimously accepted by the delegates.
The National Hungarian Hunting Chamber (hereinafter: the Chamber) is a self-governing public body of professional and sport hunters, which also performs public tasks and general professional advocacy tasks, (Figure: OMVK)
In recent years, the Hunting Chamber distributes its resources in a task-proportional financing system, which increased significantly from 2017 and then this year. Dr. László Jámbor reminded me: at the most recent Delegates’ Assembly last November the management and the Board planned with restrained management, but since then, with the increase in the price of hunting tickets and hunting permits, the financial possibilities of the organization have improved further, and significantly so. Thus, it became necessary for the Assembly of Delegates to deal with the distribution of surplus revenues between the County Territorial Organizations and the center, as well as the use of the latter’s resources. According to the proposal, membership fee revenues will remain with the counties. The distribution of the income from hunting tickets – HUF 5,000 per hunter under the age of 70 – does not change: with a few exceptions, the ratio is 50-50%. In the case of the Metropolitan and Pest County Territorial Organization, 80-20% in favor of the Central Organization, in the case of Nógrád County 15-85%, in the case of Komárom-Esztergom 30-70%, in the case of Csongrád-Csanád, Heves and Tolna 45-55%, in all cases in favor of the county. As for the revenues of the Regional Organizations from hunting permits, this year they are the same as the amounts previously approved in the task-proportional financing, and the additional income from the price increase (440 million forints) goes to the center. It is important to note: these revenues can be moderately planned, since it is not known in advance how many foreign hunters will arrive in a given year, and they are not distributed proportionally between the individual counties, which justifies their centralization and redistribution.
According to the above, it will be possible to continue the highly successful hunting chamber programs started earlier, the president stated. The Center thus has HUF 623 million in additional income , of which, however, according to what was previously agreed, only HUF 306 million covers the costs of the organization, and the rest would be used to finance various projects. It is a total of HUF 952 million, from which, among other things,
HUF 500 million goes to the National Wildlife Management Fund,
With HUF 350 million, the organization finances the publication of the Nimród Hunting Magazine, which also includes the Hunting Chamber’s newsletter, which is delivered free of charge to almost every Hungarian hunter every month.
The proposals of the Bureau were supported by the overwhelming majority of delegates.
Dr. László Jámbor also said: the task-proportional funding system will need to be reviewed and reweighted in the future, but only on the condition that the resources of any Territorial Organization cannot decrease compared to the current ones, and in fact they will probably increase.
As for the Centre’s budget, the special programs are also supported from the HUF 107 million budget approved in the fall. The amounts provided for each target area in 2023 were determined by the Board, as follows:
“Meet the hunters!” youth education program – HUF 30 million (Territorial Organizations can apply for support),
programs supporting the professional preparation of professional hunters – HUF 30 million (Territorial Organizations can apply for support) ,
National Hunting Day (Komárom-Esztergom county, August 25-26) – HUF 10 million,
completion of the research program carried out in recent years – HUF 10 million,
The central budget was unanimously supported by the Assembly of Delegates.
The financial issues were closed by the decision on the amount placed in the National Wildlife Management Fund for next year : this will again be half a billion forints . The call for tenders will be published in the autumn of 2023 on the online interfaces of the Hunting Chamber. General Secretary Péter Bajdik drew attention to the fact that there was huge interest in the application opportunity this year as well, and the demand significantly exceeded the available funds ( details here ). In response to a question related to the topic, Dr. László Jámbor said that last year showed that the operation of the Wildlife Management System may be worth fine-tuning after several years, so the national Wildlife Protection and Wildlife Management Committee was given the task of preparing the work. Proposals related to the current tenders are requested every year from the co-committees of the county’s Territorial Organizations, so they will be able to formulate proposals in the same way to review and possibly modify the system. The vast majority of delegates supported the filling of the Wildlife Management Fund with half a billion forints by 2024.
In addition to the above, the Assembly of Delegates unanimously decided to amend the statutes of the Hunting Chamber, which, in addition to several technical clarifications, states more clearly than before that the task of the organization’s Center is to maintain the Zsigmond Széchenyi Hunting Museum in Hatvan, which also serves as its headquarters. This was important because of the administration of the funding.
The proposals of the Chamber of Deputies’ General Meetings and the related materials are available back to 2017 in the relevant menu item of our website by clicking here .
The Swiss wolf so called M237 left Transdanubia on March 19, and on March 20, during the day, on the other side of the Naszály, in the vicinity of the Farkas-Bérc spring in the Lósi-patak valley, it rested from the chaos of the Budapest agglomeration and reached Nógrád.
BNPI : The Swiss wolf M237 left Transdanubia on March 19th and on March 20th, on the other side of the Naszály, in the vicinity of the Farkas-Bérc spring in the Lósi-patak valley, it rested from the confusion of the Budapest agglomeration and reached Nógrád.
Photo: Ferenc Papp, nature conservation officer, Nógrád Landscape Unit (BNPI)
After swimming across the two branches of the Danube, he ate from two goat carcasses that had already begun to decompose and were dumped on the edge of a livestock farm. On March 20, he reached the central block of the Kelet-cserhát Landscape Protection District in one night, probably not stopping anywhere on the way. After a short rest in the forests of Mount Tepke, he headed northwest and searched for the passage through the Zagyva Valley.
The Bükki National Park is one of Hungary’s first national parks, located in the North Central Mountains, in the Bükk region. (Figure: BNPI)
The settlement of Kisterenye and highway 21, closed with a wildlife fence, blocked his path, which he had to avoid, and then spent the day in the forests above Mátraszele. On the evening of Wednesday – March 22 – in the valley of the Bárna stream, he reached Heves County, following the well-known pack of the local wolf family.
Before leaving Nógrád, he also passed in front of the cameras installed by our Directorate to monitor wolves. In one of the wildlife camera recordings, the collar beacon placed on the animal can also be clearly identified. The wolf marked in Switzerland crossed Nógrád in three nights. As the crow flies, it is 69 km, which in reality is almost 100 km on four legs. Based on the tracks observed in the field, he stopped at the scent marks left by the local wolves, and it became clear to him that he had arrived in inhabited wolf territory. In the north-eastern part of Nógrád, his movement slowed down, but he still followed the packs used by the wolves.