The wolf suffers a negative image problem and despite its ability to adapt and therefore live close to man, it continues to take the blame – sometimes unfairly – for attacks on livestock.
The animal is hunted in some countries without restriction and in others licences to hunt it are issued without biological or ecological understanding of the situation.
Poaching is widespread and is the cause of the biggest losses. Although it can coexist with humans, it needs safe areas in which to retreat.
If this problem is not addressed, wolf communities will fragment as a result of moving into unsuitable habitat.