Large Carnivores are a source of emotions around Europe. While three species (wolf, bear and Eurasian lynx) are
recovering part of the space they lost and may create conflict with livestock raising, the Iberian lynx is
critically endangered and the wolverine is under some threat.
Activities on Large Carnivores have been going on for over 25 years on the Convention. A milestone was the adoption
of five European Action Plans produced in collaboration with the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE) in 1999,
for wolf, Eurasian lynx, bear, Iberian lynx and wolverine. The Expert Group on large carnivores works in tight
collaboration with LCIE and promotes implementation of the Action Plans at the national and European level, insisting
on a new population based approach adopted in 2008.