In the long term, the return of wolves could lead to the disappearance of wild sheep in Germany. Moufflons originally lived in mountainous landscapes of southern Europe, but they were also reintroduced in flat parts of Germany. This is where wolves become a danger to them.
The fact that thieves can rip sheep and other animals and overcome the protective fences is known. But there is another problem with moufflons: animals with helical horns have a strange escape behavior. If a stalker sneaks in, the moufflons do a quick sprint – then they stop. In their homeland, they can save themselves on rocks and cliffs, but they do not exist in the lowlands.
"If the wolf is settled across the country, the moufflon population in Germany is not expected to persist," said Nabu species protection expert Sebastian Kolberg in Berlin. Only small island occurrences in habitats with rocky soils may have a chance.
The facts about the wolf in Germany
The mouflon herds lived, for example, in Göhrde, Lower Saxony, east of Lüneburg. They were installed more than a hundred years ago. Now they are completely absent. Attempts to capture the animals for their own protection have failed. The ancestors of the wild sheep in the forest area came from Corsica and Sardinia.
The animals, known as moufflons by hunters, have been used as hunting or ornamental gain for parks and forested areas in several countries. Thus, Germany has become a major occurrence, while ruminants in their homeland should be at least heavily threatened. In the west and south of Germany, it still seems very good for stock, unlike the East.