rhe last few days have been nerve racking. I was in the UK and Peter was in Germany and... the pack was in Pojo. We had a call early in the week to say a wolf had been seen on our back road. We called the local hunting group and they confirmed they were getting wolves on their game cameras which are dotted around the forest in our area.
So we sent our resident shepherd - Fred - out to Pojo to watch the flock.
What to do? These are a protected species and shooting a wolf is not only illegal it also carries a heavy fine of several thousand euros.
The answer is.... think outside the box. Solar powered LED lamps with motion detectors (Lidl does them) are easy to install
and cheap to buy. Iskelma radio is even cheaper (though I hope we don't infringe copyright by playing music in an open field). Our neighbour has the radio on full blast nighttime. Fred said it was kind of surreal listening to the weather forecast at 5am in the middle of the sheep field.
So far, so good. There are so many deer (white-tails) in the forest, I can't believe the pack would come close to homes and buildings to look for sheep. Maybe they will fill up on venison and leave the lambs alone.
What is more of a worry is the long-term situation. This is a young pack that are instinctively afraid of humans. But if no one hunts them they will soon adapt to a human presence and learn that we pose no threat. That will complicate the situation.