Wolf who attacked Ursula von der Leyen’s pony faces new kill order – POLITICO

The wolf that killed a pony belonging to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen managed to escape bullets from German hunters and is still alive. However, a new permit to have the wolf killed was requested.

On September 1 last year, the male wolf known as GW950m used the cover of darkness to sneak into a well-guarded compound in northwest Germany and kill Dolly, a 30-foot pony. years belonging to von der Leyen.

A permit that exceptionally allowed hunters to shoot 950m GW, issued in October 2022 following the killing of many farm animals, expired at midnight. A spokesman for the Hanover region told POLITICO on Wednesday that the wolf is, to his knowledge, still alive.

The shoot-to-kill order had been suspended after complaints from animal rights activists. But on Tuesday, the Administrative Court of Hanover partially revoked its interim decision. So GW950m was once again allowed to be hunted – or killed.

However, a few hours later that clearance expired and GW950m, or Snowy as he was named by conservationists, was clear of the threat.

But the next twist could take place soon, since a new request for a filming permit has been filed. A spokesperson for the Hanover region confirmed that authorities had received the request, adding that it now needed to be examined in detail.

Hanover authorities said they could not provide details of who applied for the new filming permit. The previous request was received by authorities on August 31 and approved on October 6.


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