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Effect of returning Wolves on Outdoor recreation and Tourism

Subproject of: Expert's opinion on the effects of immigrating wolves on agriculture and tradional pasture management, recreation economy, hunting and forestry as well as biodiversity in the Eastern Alps (Wolf Ostalpen)

Project Leader
Pröbstl-Haider Ulrike, Project Leader
Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung - Beauftragung
Type of Research
Applied Research
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Funded by
Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
The returning wolves are a challenge for the traditional alpine land use, especially alpine farming.
Every year more than 300,000 cattle, 100,000 sheep, 10,000 goats and 8,800 horses are on more than 8,000 pastures in Austria (Obweger 2017).
For wolves, these livestock represent a relatively easy prey, which is why various herd protection measures and compensation models are discussed (Rauer 2017).
Beside further economic impacts on tourism, another main source of income in the Alps, might be affected. Fear, because of possible encounters with a wolf or - more likely but also frightening with a herd protection dog - may affect visitors behavior and the attractiveness of alpine destinations.
The study looks at future behaviour of the tourists.
Agricultural policy; Agricultural sociology; Wildlife management;
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