Details of this species in Germany
Invasiveness: Not specified
Source: Wittenberg, R., pers.comm., 2000
Species Notes for this Location:
Most of the free-ranging dogs in Germany are not feral but belong to farms etc. where they are allowed to run freely.
Management Notes for this Location:
Dogs kill native deer species, such as the roe deer, and other introduced
species. Legal regulations of dogs in Germany have been made to protect the hunt. The
German Federal Hunting Act (Bundesjagdgesetz) § 23 puts the responsibility
in regard to feral cats and dogs to the states regulations.
The State Hunting Act (Landesjagdgesetz) of the most northern state of
Germany, namely Schleswig-Holstein, § 21 regulates the killing of feral cats and dogs in
order to protect the hunt. "The hunter are authorized to kill dogs, which
they encounter without accompanying person in their hunting grounds (remark:
virtually all the non-inhabitat land), and cats more than 200m away from the
next building." Then some exceptions are listed, such as hounds, police
dogs, etc. In conclusion, the German legislation is very strict regarding
free-roaming dogs and cats and hunters are called upon to kill them.
Predation: Dogs kill native deer species, such as the roe deer, and other introduced species.
Last Modified: 18/01/2005 4:40:40 p.m.