For some time a “citizens platform” called lobo Marley has been fighting for the protection of the wolf in the Sierra de la Culebra, in the Spanish region of Castilla y León. Their proposals are to promote a sustainable development of the region without compromising the already dwindling population of this species in Spain.
In 2014 Lobo Marley took part in an auction where hunters bid for the right to kill a certain number of wolves. They got money from donations, though some people pointed out at the time that they were just playing along with the authorities, who make a profit from eager hunters. Despite this, almost 10,000 euros were pooled together, and it was thought that the volves had been saved. There was a project to attach collars with cameras onto the wolves and allow for the feed to be streamed over the internet, which would enable us to gain a better understanding of the lives of the wolves. According to this video the project even caught the attention of National Geographic, who were denied the permits to make a documentary.
However, news came through yesterday that these two wolves will finally be hunted, causing the hashtag #indultoymuerte to become a trending topic on Twitter in Spain, possibly owing a lot to the involvement -as far as I can see- of two political parties, PACMA and equo.
If you’re interested in keeping up to date on Lobo Marley’s actions, check them out on social networks (Twitter and Facebook) and check out their webpage (in English). You can also sign the petition on change.org requesting that the authorities get involved in the conservation of the Iberian wolf.