What is it about?
The wolf had been extinct in much of Central Europe for a century, but has been resettling since the 1990s. This is great news from a biodiversity view. But wolves are predators and kill farm animals, to the anger of many rural communities. Far-right parties, often anti-conservation, may exploit these resentments and pick up votes. We explore this idea analyzing data from Germany.
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Why is it important?
Biological conservation, especially of large carnivores, is important for the environment. But the return of carnivores is likely to lead to conflicts with humans. To not risk backlash and growing distrust among affected communities, conflicting interests have be carefully managed.
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This page is a summary of: Wolf attacks predict far-right voting, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2202224119.
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