During the 20th century wolves almost disappear from Slovakia. Only small population in the Eastern Slovakia survived a heavy extirpation of wolves. In the year 1975 the wolf was declared as a partially protected species. Wolves slowly began returning to the most of mountain regions of Slovakia. In 1995 the wolf was declared by the Government of the Slovak Republic as a fully protected animal species. Killing of wolves was forbidden. But next year, in 1996, during ratification of the Bern Convention Slovakia applied an exception for the wolf and the brown bear (The gray wolf – Canis lupus is listed in Appendix II to the Bern Convention as a strictly protected fauna species.).
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