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Fawn rescue from mowing death

Bad Aibling, Germany

Every year around 92,000 fawns, as well as other wild animals such as young hares and ground-nesters, are killed during the mowing in Germany. The aim and sole purpose is to rescue fawns with thermal imaging and drones.

Lukas Kranz from Rehkitzrettung Mangfalltal e.V. | 
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About this project

A "heart project" by hunters and animal rights activists According to the German Wildlife Foundation, around 92,000 fawns, as well as other wild animals such as young hares and ground-breeders, are killed during mowing every year in Germany. The fawns hide in the tall grass and remain motionless until the end. On the other hand, there is the pressure from the farmers to use the available machines to mow in the possibly short time windows (be it due to the weather, but also depending on it). Well-tried methods for area searches (sometimes with trained dogs or with foot troops) are used in short-term agreements between the farmers and those authorized to hunt (hunters). Unfortunately, it is not always possible to save the fawns, which because of their innate instincts hide and crouch in the tall grass. For this reason we decided to set up the association for fawn rescue Mangfalltal e.V. Since we are just at the start of our fawn rescue project, one or the other point may not be as extensive as we would like. We are looking for supporters and donors. The drone technology required is very expensive and amounts to approx. € 9,500 per drone. For this we are dependent on donations. The expansion of the project is very important to us. We are a handful of hunters and nature / animal rights activists from the Altland districts of Bad Aibling, Tuntenhausen and Ebersberg. The aim and sole purpose is to rescue fawns from the affected agricultural areas before mowing and thus to make a significant contribution to animal and nature conservation. We want to do this through the use of drones in conjunction with thermal imaging technology, one of the most effective search methods in the world. In addition to sponsors for the expensive technology, we are also dependent on helpers who carry out the practical tasks such as retrieving and moving (securing) the fawns on site. No special training is required here, all helpers are instructed directly on site. When it comes to the age spectrum, all age groups are a very welcome help. The common goal connects.

We hope for your active support and look forward to growing the project in the interests of animal welfare.

Updated at 07. April 2021