At the Slovenia Forest Service (SFS), we are actively engaged in preventing damages caused by large carnivores. We partner with a host of institutions, notably the Biotechnical Faculty, to provide state-of-the-art tools that protect human property and help improve overall public tolerance for carnivores. We participate in various projects regarding large carnivores including the DinaRis, SloWolf, and 3Lynx projects. The Slovenia Forest Service is also the coordinator of LIFE DINALP BEAR and LIFE Lynx projects.
In order to improve human-large carnivore coexistence within the framework of the LIFE DINALP BEAR project, we are preparing a number of activities for raising public awareness and knowledge.
We also seek to reduce the number of conflicts and within this project we have offered tangible tools like “bear-proof” garbage cans and compost bins. These tools effectively prevent bears from coming to the nearest vicinity of the human settlements. In order to reduce livestock-related damages, we have distributed high electric fences among livestock breeders and beekeepers. In addition, we have purchased livestock guardian dog as a co-financed tool for livestock breeders. Our efforts have been recognized by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. Based on our reporting on the effectiveness of the prevention measures, the Ministry co-finances the purchase of the measures to the breeders and beekeepers—this now means that future co-financing is sustainable and offers opportunities for our proven tools to be incorporated into long-term policy.