An aid scheme to compensate farmers in Saxony (Germany) for damage caused to farm animals by wolves was approved on 24 February 2010 under the State aid rules of the Treaty for European Union. A resettlement scheme for the wolves and the high level of legal protection granted to them have meant that farmers in the region are not permitted to take defence measures to repel animals, which has lead to serious damage to livestock, herding dogs and bee hives. The European Commission has authorised a scheme under strict conditions and indicated that it might be extended to cover damage by lynx and bear in the future. This is the first time this type of aid has been approved.