Why is there still danger when mowing lawns

There are exciting moments in a field between Stüdenitz and Breddin in northwest Brandenburg when the birds of prey circulate there on Monday. Again and again they fall on the meadow. But this time they can’t just grab and get a mower’s freshly bred elk: the doe stops them from doing so. A female deer defends her dead offspring.

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Even foxes, who love to eat elk that have just been born, and especially such carcasses, will not have the opportunity later. The local hunter takes the dead animal away. It is his testimony. It’s not the only thing that day.

The doe defends its dead fawn. The bird of prey still tries over and over again.

“It’s an absolute mess, they just need to let you know,” says Rolf Rakow. This 72-year-old, who has been fishing in many places in the Ostbergnitz-Rubben for over 50 years and was the long-time Chairman of the local fishing association, can hardly believe how quickly and on such a scale the first meadows have been mowed back here in the North West Brandenburg.

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Immediately contact Jäger. They say they did not report this cut. However, they do not want their names to appear in the newspapers. They also don’t want to post ads.

close connections

No wonder: hunters get into a predicament when the farmers are closely related to the landowners or even themselves and thus belong to the hunting association – the area lessor. So the fishermen depend on the farms.

On the other hand, one might assume that some people shy away from trying to look for children or take measures to keep deer away before mowing lawns. There was no information on Monday about whether and to what extent the responsible farm likely tried to avoid killing the elk. According to the answering machine, working hours are set from 10 am to 12 noon.

The federal government is promoting the purchase of thermal imaging drones

After many discussions, Rolf Rakow persuaded the farmers in his area. Before you start mowing, give it at least a day or two. Then he wanders through the meadows with his assistants, sticking the poles into the ground with red and white warning tape, hoping that antelopes and antelopes will avoid the area.

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“At least we tried,” Rako explains.

Thermal imaging drones are now available to anyone who finds such tasks time-consuming and inefficient. But the purchase costs amount to several thousand euros. So Wiebke Papenbrück, a Social Democrat member of the Bundestag spoke about the region of Brienitz, North Havilland and Ostprinitz-Rubben, last week. In the course of deliberations on the federal budget, it was decided that the purchase of such drones for hunting associations would again be funded by the federal government.

Use it from the air as the “best option”

Papenbrook, a member of the Budget Committee, says farmers “don’t often see wildlife from taxis in their big mowers. This often leads to the accidental killing of elk, baby rabbits and land-breeding animals here in northwest Brandenburg.” In discussions conducted with farmers and fishermen, it became clear that “the best possibilities are to locate the animals. And save them from certain death.”

This funding was already available in 2021. For example, a hunting association from the Pritzwalk in Brandenburg used this.

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Fresh Lawn: If it's too late, not even thermal imaging drones will help here.

Fresh Lawn: If it’s too late, not even thermal imaging drones will help here.

However, time is money in farming. Researching with a drone as fast as mowers should be a challenge. And does the farmer like to have to interrupt work all the time? In addition, it is also clear here: the best thermal imaging drone is of no use if the meadow has already been mowed.

Lothar Schnek last year believed that legal pressure on farms might help. Ostbergnitz County Nature Conservancy Officer Rubin, a fisherman himself, has taken a case to the authorities. A witness told him about the discovery of a number of dead deer.

The case is still not closed

The man knew: Peasants should search the meadow before mowing it or take precautions not to kill needlessly. Local fishermen should also be involved.

Anything else is a violation of Section 17 of the Animal Welfare Act. It states: “Any person 1. kills a vertebrate without a valid reason or 2. kills a vertebrate a) by ferocity or causes severe pain or suffering, or b) severe prolonged or recurrent pain or causes suffering.”

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Ads are the exception

According to the Neurupin Prosecutor’s Office, subsequent reports are still considered exceptional cases. “I am not aware of any other cases of this kind,” Prosecutor Stefan Heidenreich said at the time about the frequency of such advertisements in the area.

Although a year has passed, there is no result yet. Heidenreich explains: “It is very difficult to determine who is driving the vehicles. It is difficult to get witnesses. But he is confident: ‘We probably know who was driving the car.'”

Heidenreich gives the investigation another two or three weeks, and despite that duration, he explains: “This is not a procedure that you can simply stop.”

This article is the first in “Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung” Posted.

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