A wolf was registered in Izmir within the scope of the studies carried out to identify the Ancient Production Basins of Izmir, which are compatible with nature. Experts emphasize the importance of this record as an indicator of the health of nature, taken in the studies carried out by Doğa Derneği and İzmir Development Agency with the support of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer.
With the support of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, a wolf was recorded in the studies carried out by Doğa Derneği and İzmir Development Agency to research and monitor the Ancient Production Basins on the city periphery of İzmir. With this record, the wolves, which are thought to have completely disappeared from the natural population of Western Anatolia due to human-induced reasons, were first imaged in Izmir after many years. Experts underline that this important record is important in terms of demonstrating that the nature of the region continues to live in a healthy way.
Possible to eliminate human wolf conflict
Making a statement on the subject, Doğa Derneği Biodiversity Research Coordinator Şafak Arslan stated that it is promising to register a wolf in İzmir after many years and continued as follows: across. This species actually feeds on wild herbivores such as roe deer, deer and wild boar. After the almost complete extinction of wild herbivores in nature, wolves who have difficulty in finding food can attack herds of domestic animals, and the human wolf conflict comes to the fore at this point. In other words, wolves interact with humans more often when the balance in nature is disturbed. On the other hand, when wolves disappear or their numbers decrease, wild boars populations increase very rapidly. However, such problems are much less common in regions where wolves, one of the indicators of a healthy ecosystem, live. The wolf, recorded as a result of photo-trapping images in İzmir, provides us with very important data in terms of ecosystem health. It also gives clues about the resident wolf population in the area. After this process, the necessary work should be carried out to protect the existence of wolves in the region and to live without conflict with people. This wolf image in Izmir, which is a promising record in terms of the nature of Turkey, excited us all. "We will continue to work with the support of authorized institutions so that the wolves can continue to exist without conflict with the people in the region."
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality provides vehicle support and in-kind contributions to the works carried out by Doğa Derneği and İzmir Development Agency. All images obtained within the scope of the study are shared with the Nature Conservation and National Parks İzmir Branch Directorate.