(RE-) Wild stray dogs in Romania
Well, in light of recent events in Romania (a bit more than a few people being attacked by stray dogs in Bucharest and other cities around the country), a new bill was passed in parliament motioning the capture and accommodation of canines for 14 days, meanwhile allowing adoption, followed by their killing by euthanasia. These are min, 65.000 dogs in Bucharest alone.
Neither national or international adoption seem to be able to cope with the flood of dog lives needing saving. There are only few shelters and space is by far insufficient, as is the time to build new ones. Worst of all, even if kept alive in shelters, the canines would lead a miserable life, being restrained and cared for shallowly by people merely awaiting their passing away. This would also not be a long term solution as new pups would ever be brought to cities by people in the country side whose around-the-house pets would breed. Naturally better thought out and implemented laws, together with an interested, informed and involved population could prevent this. However, that is a very long term solution for a country where rural poverty sometimes deters from access to basic utilities.
So for now, I saw this and thought of an experiment of REWILDING. Namely, were it possible to free a number of canines in a piece of otherwise wild environment, border it as a reservation and have it kept under observation by specialists. We used to have wolves in Romania, for many years and they went extinct or migrated and then came back. Now it is said there are some still, but I'm not sure. In any case, the impact on the natural environment might not be negative as e.g. dogs in Australia, as they are both subspecies of the Canis Lupus.
I wanted to ask whether anyone has a more expert opinion on that, whether you believe it possible to find people interested in conducting this experiment, funding for it and so on. It's pretty urgent.
Also please contact me if you want to adopt a friendly stray.