A tender has been announced for measure Promotion in third country markets from the new National Wine Aid Program until 2023. Apart from the Wine Envelope, through which Croatian winemakers and winegrowers can build cellars, purchase equipment, reconstruct vineyards and promote their wines, the Rural Development Program of the Republic of Croatia also co-finances the construction of new vineyards. Also soon in Parliament will be a proposal for a new law on wine which will bring the legal framework for the production of grapes and wine and the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions. Beneficiaries measure Promotion in third country markets are: professional organizations involved in the wine sector, wine producers ‘organizations, associations of wine producers’ organizations, temporary or permanent associations of two or more producers, sector organizations involved in the wine sector, public bodies established by law representing wine producers, except state budget users and private companies (natural or legal persons) registered for wine production. The level of support is up to 80% of the total eligible costs, within which the share of 50% of eligible costs refers to EU funds, and the share of 30% of the total eligible costs to state aid funds (de minimis aid). The maximum amount of total eligible costs per project is 250.000 euros. NEW WINE LAW ADOPTED: FOUR WINE REGIONS ESTABLISHED The aim of the competition is to help winemakers to place their wines on the market outside the European Union, the so-called third countries, in order to better position our wines on the world wine list. Eligible costs within the Promotion measure are: advertising in the media on third country markets; public relations, promotion and marketing, including the organization of information trips to Croatia; promotion of the image of Croatia, promotional sales and activities related to public relations; production and distribution of promotional materials for third country markets; participation in trade fairs and other events in third country markets, and administrative and staff costs. The application deadline is March 29, 2019. year, and the tender and detailed instructions with a list of forms are available here. RELATED NEWS: VINART GRAND TASTING BECAME THE MOST IMPORTANT WINE EVENT IN OUR BEAUTIFUL
For the fourth year in a row, master wine workshops have been held in luxury boutique hotel Alhambra in the bay Čikat on Lošinj. Ilok cellars annually produce between 4 and a half to 5 million liters of wine from grapes harvested in more than 330 ha of their own vineyards and 660 ha of other producers located on the western slopes of Fruška gora. Two top positions – Principovac and Vukovo and the uniqueness of the terroir – with special emphasis on the influence of the Danube, a large number of sunny days, and of course the knowledge and effort of winemakers – are home to top Graševina and Traminer, but also Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frankovka, Pinot Noir… In addition to the vineyard, winery and cellar, the majority owner Juraj Mihaljević with more than 20 million EUR invested renovated the country estate Principovac from the 19th century that can accommodate over 500 guests and enjoy the spirit of old times, filled with oenological and gastronomic stories . The wines of Ilok cellars are very serious and complex, and in addition to the already mentioned Riesling, and their Graševina, Traminer and Rhine Riesling have very pronounced varietal characteristics such as bitterness in Graševina or the scent of rose petals and pronounced honey notes in Traminer, and kerosene in rieslinga, which is noticeable even in archival wines whose tertiary aromas have not completely prevailed. Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra The wines from the winery, which continued the tradition of producing great wines after privatization in 2003 (the Old Cellar was built in 1450 – the first in this part of Europe and the world), fit perfectly into the luxury and spirit of aristocratic times of the Alhambra. designed and conceived by the Austrian architect Alfred Keller. Conceptually, the (true) story that the guests at the celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II also enjoyed the top Ilok Traminer from 1947 fit in perfectly. We will single out only the main stars of the evening (for those who want to find out a little more, visit the blog Food Walkers Croatia), and the first among them is Grain of Great Harvest 2011 from the edition wine for big moments in front of which there is a great potential for storage, but s big problem: less than 4.000 bottles left! Another wine with a problem je Grahevine archival wine 1983. – this wine cannot be bought anywhere because, although it was prepared for the archive, it never appeared on the market. And after 36 years in the glass you have fresh wine in great shape, without any hint of oxidative notes. The third prominent Graševina is Gravy archival wine from 2008. which they say “if you don’t know how to seduce a woman, offer her this wine…”- with the proviso that the old saying also applies to this wine: patient – saved! Because she is only eleven! The Traminers received the royal treatment (as they deserve), especially Traminac archival wine from 1982, Traminac Elective berry harvest 2011 te Traminac Ice harvest 2007 ranked as 19. wine in the world in competition between 550.000 wines from around the world that have been awarded at the world’s most influential wine evaluations. The election harvest of dried berries from 2011 was crowned with a platinum medal at Decanter, and glacial The 2007 Traminac left an even better impression. In addition to the usual names of individual lines, marketing experts from Ilok cellars led by board member Karmela Tanacabel (who also presented all the wines) divided the wines into likable and easy to remember categories: wines for every opportunity, for special occasions, wines for enjoyment i wine for memory. The categories differ in style, position and purpose, ie recommendations for gastronomic courtship. At this master workshop, a total of eleven wines were presented (six Graševina wines, of which 2 archive wines and 5 Traminer wines, 1 archival wine), and at the dinner six new wines, with some reruns from the MasterClass, Princeps sparkling wine, the perfect 2006 Rhine Riesling., Premium Frankovka, Premium Chardonnay and Premium Traminac, and another Graševina from 2008). This year, an impressive collection of award-winning archival, but also those slightly younger Graševina and Traminer through two verticals was presented Ilok cellars, a large winery that proves in the best possible way that even with mass production, great, top-quality wines can be made for which with us (wrongly) it is customary to find them only in small, boutique wineries. In recent years, selected bottles have so far been presented by foreign and domestic wine companies: Benvenuti, Château Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Palmer, Goriška Brda, Hugel, Krauthaker, Step, Opus One, Sassicaia, Šember, Tenuta di Biserno and Tomac. In addition to participating in the guided MasterClass (representatives of wineries, sommeliers), attendees can taste some of the wines later during dinner at à la carte restaurant Alfred Keller and in a relaxed atmosphere to talk to the creators of wine, but also food. Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra After Ilok cellars, the second Masterclass in the Alhambra will be held in June when one of the world’s most famous and renowned wineries Château Lafite Rothschild present your Champagne Rothschild.
The finalists of the European Travel Commission’s selection for the best European destinations for sustainable cultural tourism have been announced. Thus, among the finalists in the category of intangible heritage was Rovinj’s Batana Ecomuseum , in the category of wine destinations was Motovun , while the Tourist Board of the island of Krk finalist in the category of innovation and digitalization with its digital solution, ie. presentation of the cultural heritage of the island of Krk. Out of a total of 55 applications received from 19 countries, of course Croatia also has its trump cards and finalists. The finalists will be chosen by a jury made up of representatives from ECTN, Europa Nostra, the European Travel Commission, NECSTouR and the European Commission (DG EAC), and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 24 October in Granada, Spain. Photo: Batana Ecomuseum
Another trend that is becoming more prevalent is group travel. More and more travelers of all generations prefer to travel with a group of friends who share similar interests and passions. Also, the so-called “group honeymoons” in which newlyweds travel in the company of their friends are becoming increasingly popular. Unexpected experiences and anniversary celebrations are one of the trends that will be most popular in 2020. Namely, the American association of luxury travel organizers Virtuoso has published its list of the most popular tourist trends for next year “Luxe Report”. The modern traveler seeks deeper experiences that foster an emotional connection to the destination he is visiting. For example, wine tastings with the owner of the winery or hiring a personal guide who will bring them closer to the local culture. They also want accommodation that best reflects the “personality” of the destination. Travelers also want to explore as many countries as possible, even on shorter trips, the report said. But they are also looking for more different experiences during the holidays. For example, in the same trip they want to stay in a big city, but also to compose an adventure in the jungle. So, the focus is on the various experiences that enrich the trip. Source / photo: Virtuoso; Croatian tourist agency; Pixabay One of the bigger trends is certainly destinations that are not overcrowded with tourists. Also, advisors in the luxury travel sector report an increase in the demand for destinations that have an interesting culture or untouched nature for travelers, such as Borneo, Greenland or Oman. In the category of the most popular emerging, ie fast-growing destinations, Croatia took the first place and left behind Antarctica, Iceland, Japan and Portugal, while in the category of the best destinations for millennials our country took a high third place behind Greece and Bali, and ahead of Iceland and Cambodia. . Croatia ranked fifth in the category of the best global destination, followed by Italy, Greece, France and Japan. As for the destination, Croatia is included in the top 5 world destinations in as many as three categories. A new trend that appears in this year’s “Luxe Report” are trips to mark various anniversaries and similar celebrations. At the top of the list is still a multigenerational journey, which involves traveling in the company of parents, children, grandchildren and other family members. Interestingly, cruises this year fell out of the top 5 rankings of the most popular trends. “Croatian tourism in the segment of distant markets has the largest tourist turnover from the USA. This report, which comes from a prestigious association such as Virtuos, further confirms the excellent position that our country enjoys in the extremely important American market and confirms that Croatia is in the company of leading destinations for guests of refined taste.”, Said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, emphasizing that so far this year there have been almost 627 thousand arrivals and over 1,7 million overnight stays from the US market, which is an increase of 12 percent over the same period last year. Gastrotourism has become a separate niche, they point out from Virtuos. Culinary experiences go beyond the restaurants themselves, and include cooking classes, visits to farms and family farms, and truffle hunting.
Cover photo: Magda Ehlers, Pexels.com What is certain is that every country will want to activate its economy as soon as possible after the elimination of the coronavirus, ie when that day comes – the “day after the coronavirus”. That will be imperative. Also, all countries will communicate the narrative that they buy local products, domestic goods, food, and that they travel within their country – logically, the goal is to help domestic entrepreneurs, ie the economy. As the situation around the outbreak of SARS and the current situation around the spread of coronavirus is not the same, but much more drastic, for this reason it is very difficult to predict anything, because in recent history tourism has not yet encountered such a global emergency. Even the consequences and threats of terrorism in Europe have not stopped tourism in the long run, as is currently the coronavirus pandemic. The first is planning a promotional strategy. When that day comes (the day after the coronavirus) one should immediately start the promotion and not plan for another two or three weeks and waste time. So, plan a promotion at this point and keep it on stand by, so you can react immediately and move on when that moment comes. Be ready. Tourism is one of the fastest recovering industries, as expected in China as well as globally, but the question is what consequences the impact of the coronavirus will have on the entire tourism sector. This situation, which was unthinkable until a month ago, Skiff’s editor-in-chief, Rafat Ali, described it as a day we will forever remember as the day the world stopped traveling (The Day the World Stopped Traveling). According to Chinese tourism market consultants, Margot Schuller and Rossella Pfundt from the company Tourists from China, in the first week of March, Chinese consumers booked 250% more domestic flights and made 40% more hotel reservations in China compared to the previous week. This shows how willing the Chinese are to travel and how their self-confidence is returning, the authors point out. But the author’s optimism is based on data from a survey conducted by the Chinese Tourism Academy among Chinese consumers, which says that 20,7% of respondents said they would travel as soon as possible, while 71,5% of respondents said they would travel after completion. epidemic and after everything stabilizes. Accordingly, as soon as the European market also stabilizes, a strong increase in Chinese demand for travel to European destinations can be quickly expected. Thus, according to the latest information, statistics show that the number of cases of infection in China is rapidly declining, including the province of Hubei, where the virus originates. In fact, according to a Chinese news agency Xinhua, no new coronavirus infections were reported for the first time on Wednesday in Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, and Hubei Province, a positive sign amid news of a sharp rise in infections around the world. There is also an element of a new recession. This whole situation will bring the whole world, including Europe and Croatia, into a new recession. Also, in the current situation where all states are closed, when the economy has stopped and people are in self-isolation, many people will lose their jobs or their salaries will be reduced, and many SMEs will unfortunately fail or barely survive this situation with small or no capital. There are currently millions of jobs at stake, while many SMEs are at risk of closure, and it is they who are the base of successful economies, not large companies. Or quickly, in a month when the coronavirus will no longer be present or only in the spring of 2021. These are some assumptions, although of course in this situation it is very ungrateful to predict anything, and that the situation in Croatia will stabilize in a minimum of 60 days, unless there is a major escalation. Of course, I emphasize again, the whole situation around the coronavirus is still full of assumptions and uncertainties, because it is a completely new virus and no one knows exactly how the whole situation will develop, but according to current data, we must think out loud what and how to proceed. . Some realistic estimates from domestic and European experts say that only in the spring of 2021 can we expect a positive recovery of the tourism sector, of course assuming that the whole situation does not escalate further, ie to calm down in 2 to 3 months. Those optimistic assumptions say that tourism on a global scale could be activated in 30 days, from the day the whole situation calms down, and which again relies on data after the advent of SARS. On the other hand, if we compare the recovery and normalization of business after SARS, it was relatively fast. Within a month after Hong Kong was declared a clean zone of SARS, the tourism market returned to 70% of previous figures, and within just two months, traffic exceeded the 12-month average before SARS, reports South China Morning Post. Also, Guangdong reached 70% hotel occupancy just weeks after they were removed from the list of locations where you can get infected, according to STRwhile in Singapore the hotel occupancy rate returned to the previous level in just 60 days from the declaration of a clean zone by SARS, according to South China Morning Post. What consequences will the impact of the coronavirus have on the entire tourism sector? How long will it take to activate the tourism market? That is sure most travelers will do – travel within their country. Also, the question is how much people will instill the fear of traveling in this situation, regardless of the assumption that the situation around the coronavirus is neutralized, ie disappears. Again, assuming that the whole situation will stabilize in 60 to 90 days, will workers be able and willing to take annual leave? Even all the prefabricated hospitals in Wuhan, built by the Chinese in an extremely short time after the outbreak of the epidemic, were closed. The economy is rising again and has started to function, and even Apple has announced the opening of its stores in China. Chinese authorities continue to call for caution and keeping the whole situation under control, regardless of the fall in new cases. According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, there is a positive forecast that the Chinese government should have the coronavirus under control by the end of March 2020, and the Chinese authorities have announced that they will increase consumption and production as soon as possible, in order to balance economic losses and accelerate growth. All eyes are on China, both epidemiological and tourist. China is the first to be affected by the coronavirus, and it is the first to get out of the crisis situation. Also, as they state Margot Schuller and Rossella Pfundt Tourists from China expects the total hotel operating rate in major cities across China to reach 90% by the end of March, which is very optimistic. A good part of them still use their annual leave in accordance with the situation, at least that part of the workers who did not lose their jobs, and the question is whether they will have it available later. Also, when the day starts (day after coronavirus), when all the shops finally open and the economic situation begins to stabilize, who will have the courage to ask for a vacation after a month of work? Because it would certainly not be fair to entrepreneurs, who in this situation did not lay off, that when it is finally possible to work and the economy wakes up, that the worker goes on a paid annual leave. And we are talking about the month of July – August, if of course the situation calms down in 2-3 months. On the other hand, we can also assume that people will hardly wait for the moment to be able to travel, especially after several months of home isolation. Precisely because of this, the question is how much consumers will want to spend, ie whether, as in the case of a recession, there will be a fear of consumption and they will tighten their belts and wait to see how the whole situation will develop. Also, many families will lose part of their income during this period of economic blockade, and thus the planned one travel budget, which will certainly delay long trips or trips outside your country. The day the world stopped traveling In any case, in this situation, the tourism sector is powerless and can only wait for the situation to calm down. Any action, promotion, price reduction or similar in this situation, when state borders are closed, as well as shops, the economy is literally stopped, public gatherings are forbidden and people are in self-isolation, is simply unfortunately misplaced, as well as talk about tourism. But can the tourism sector do anything in this situation? Regardless of everything and the whole situation, it still can. I personally advise two things. Of course, it is difficult to compare the Chinese market with others or European, because it is a totally different culture and way of life, so also when we want to attract Chinese tourists (promotion) in Europe we must be aware that China has totally different rules. Which is actually the worst possible situation. Wait, and without any impact on the whole situation. We are waiting. But after the rain comes the sun, and by then you need to survive. Nevertheless, I am convinced that tourism will be one of the branches that will recover the fastest. Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, which is certainly no accident. The second is definitely the focus on the domestic guest. The fastest way to activate and motivate a domestic guest is to travel. Especially if in Croatia the whole situation does not escalate as in Italy or other countries. Whether in that situation the offer should be adjusted to the domestic guest, certainly for discussion. I know that there are a lot of assumptions in this article, but unfortunately in the current situation where even the scientific profession does not know exactly how the whole situation will develop, it is difficult to predict anything and be the narrator of the future. This article is more in the context of thinking aloud what and how to proceed, to open a discussion and try to anticipate various situations, to know how to plan. But what about European tourists and major emitting markets? Tomorrow I will argue in a little more detail the tips and possibilities of what tourism professionals can do in this situation. Think and get involved in the discussion. Two heads are always smarter than one. The main question is, when the situation calms down, ie how long will it take for the tourism sector to recover and activate the tourism market? And again all eyes are on China.
Along with a package of other measures aimed at mitigating the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic, amendments to the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism were adopted, according to which travel agencies were allowed to issuing value vouchers instead of refunding passengers for package deals. Also, the voucher must be valid for at least one year from the date of issue, within which period the traveler can arrange a replacement trip or other service. The Ordinance prescribes the use of vouchers issued by travel organizers for unexecuted package travel contracts that were to be executed after March 1, 2020, and were not executed due to special circumstances caused by the COVID-19 disease epidemic. Join the public debate, which lasts until 08.05.2020. The voucher is issued by the travel organizer within 14 days of the passenger’s request for a refund for the unexecuted package travel contract, and no later than 90 days from the day the trip was to begin. Side dish: eConsulting: Ordinance on the use of vouchers for unexecuted travel contracts in a package deal A few days ago, the Ministry of Tourism published the Ordinance on the use of vouchers for unexecuted travel contracts in a package deal.
9) wear umbrellas and identification signs so that guests in the group can more easily visually follow the direction of their guide who will make sure that the groups do not meet or get too close The Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) sent proposals to the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia for work with groups during epidemiological measures. PROPOSALS BY THE COMMUNITY OF CROATIAN TOURIST GUIDE ASSOCIATIONS FOR WORKING WITH GROUPS DURING EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASURES: 4) carry hand sanitizer with you 10) define the direction of movement of groups, distances in the city When entering and guiding indoors (museums, churches, galleries): 1) enter enclosed spaces according to the recommendations, a maximum of 15 or a maximum of 20 persons, in smaller spaces the recommendation is a maximum of 3 persons, considering the recommendations of the CNIPH and the area of the space2) when guiding guests indoors, remind guests not to touch anything with their hands, and when entering Catholic churches, it is recommended to advise guests to move inside the church without touching objects, including holy water if there is one at the entrance. Audio system or microphone: 6) organize the leadership of groups in cities in one direction so that groups do not meet and create crowds, short stays at checkpoints where guests would be welcome to talk When boarding buses, for escort guides:1) disinfect hands,2) do not touch the passengers’ luggage3) the microphone in the bus should be disinfected and not placed too close to the mouth, (what about the sponge on the microphone? Can it be well disinfected) 5) if the group is larger than 30 people divide the group into 2 guides if possible (considering additional costs) 1) explore the possibilities of an audio system that connects to guests’ mobile devices – seemingly one of the cheaper variants2) who can procure let him use a microphone that will allow sufficient distance from the guests 8) enter enclosed spaces only if necessary and requested by the agency, if the entire tour is not done from an open outdoor space 11) pay attention to parking lots for buses, in Pula, Poreč, find an adequate solution and mark the direction of movement of groups Information to guests about the behavior during the tour 2) guides do not shake hands with guests and keep 2 m away from guests. 3) if there is an inquiry for a full day of driving, it is recommended that the tourist guide does not go to the bus but welcomes the group driving to the next destination according to the program in his own car, provided that the guide has a car at that time, or only in the city where the guide stay 7) after leading the groups do not give free time so as not to create crowds at critical points and more than the allowed number of people together – this point should be discussed and see what are the general recommendations of the Civil Headquarters, the Institute of Public Health and Tourism sector. We cite this point as the need to define rules of conduct so that everything previously undertaken is not in vain. ZDTVH points out that they have not elaborated most of the points that would refer to tourist escorts and possible full-day excursions, but how they will make them in cooperation with the profession later. 1) the guides do not use the mouth mask in the open, unless the guides have to use them, then it would be advisable to get a microphone while wearing the mask to avoid excessive strain on the vocal cords due to lack of air under the masks while speaking Recommendation for guides working with individuals:1) provide a card payment system The recommendations were made by colleagues from the Pula Tourist Guides Association, led by a colleague, also a microbiologist, Dr. Lorena Lazarić Stefanović, who specializes in the prevention of nosocomial infections. Cover photo: ZDTVH
By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the services that can be paid with the Croatian Tourist Card, ie the Cro card, were expanded. Also, during the procedure of obtaining an opinion, the proposal of the Association of Accommodation Providers on Vessels – Charter of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) to activity of renting and leasing of water transport vehicles, included in the Decision. Namely, as it is written in the explanation, they provide the service of accommodation on vessels and do not sell their service exclusively through travel agencies but directly. The inclusion of this activity would enable the direct payment of accommodation services in nautical tourism with the Croatian Tourist Card. This amendment to the Decision puts charter companies in an equal position with other accommodation service providers and does not significantly change the content and essence of the Decision. “Until now, this card was for accommodation and food and beverage services in catering facilities, and now the range of services is being extended to travel agencies and tour operators, which enables the payment of package deals with caterers and private renters, of which we have 108 registered. . The range of services is also expanding to boat renters, ie charter companies, which was not the case before ”, the minister explained.He marked all three segments of the offer as important in overall tourism, adding that this card can now be used throughout Croatia, although it was originally intended to strengthen continental tourism. In the explanation of the change of the Decision, how will it be added activities of travel agencies and tour operators (tour operators), to enable the payment of accommodation services, package arrangements and other tourist services in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, whether they are services provided by caterers or the provision of catering services in the household (private renters). By amending the Decision on the introduction of a measure to encourage consumption in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Republic of Croatia, the functionality of the Croatian Tourist Card itself is expanded so that everyone who owns a POS machine will be able to accept a card transaction at a physical point of sale. : accommodation,food preparation and serving, renting and leasing of water transport equipment and activities of travel agencies and tour operators (tour operators). All of them include banks, which applied to the tender of the Ministry of Tourism, and seven of them, as announced by the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli, will be the first to be ready to issue these cards. July 1st, to which he added that so far banks have ordered several thousand cards. This also leads to an increase in the share of domestic tourists in total numbers, occupancy of accommodation and other capacities and a reduction in seasonality with an increase in the income of workers on the basis of employment.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhile reading a political article in the paper the other day, a line jumped right out at me. This article described recent Republican Party infighting and contained the line in question, “the fight for the party’s soul.” Is this a joke? It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that today’s Republican Party has long since sold out its very soul. Judging by their behavior lately, I think it’s safe to speculate just who bought their soul and where it might now reside. They can fight over it all they want, but it won’t do them any good.If their soul is where I think it is, there’s absolutely no chance that they’ll ever get it back. David MorganSchroon LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn the March 18 letter to the editor, Jacqueline de Witt pleaded for [continued] federal protection of wolves to help them spread into New York. She indicated that this is needed to “perfect the ecological order.” In the western United States the reintroduction of wolves has decimated elk herds, taking hunting opportunities away from a wide variety of humans, from professional guides to lower income individuals for whom a freezer full of elk meat (or lack thereof) has a substantial economic impact. Federal protections continued long after wolf numbers far exceeded the reintroduction targets. Further spread of wolves will further decimate game animal populations.Human hunting is regulated by seasons and limits designed by wildlife biologists to maintain healthy herds. Wolves are not regulated, and unlike humans, wolves feast when new calves or fawns are born. Omitting a description of canine hunting, does anyone claim that a wolf kill is ever as humane as a well placed gun shot?Wolves avoid human contact in proportion to the threat that humans pose. Predatory attacks on people were once common in Europe and have happened sporadically in North America. “Child lifting” by wolves is still a problem in India. Protected wolves will be emboldened and risks to our rural margins will increase.I must ask Ms. de Witt: in a world with many hungry humans, is your aesthetic sense of ecological order so important that we should ignore those risks and squander a fully sustainable supply of organic, free-range protein to canine predators?Norman PerazzoGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?