There have been three confirmed sightings of wolves in the Netherlands so far this year, website Nature Today said on Wednesday.On Wednesday morning, a wolf was spotted in several locations in Gelderland and was caught on video walking along the edge of fields.A wolf was seen in several places in the east of the country around the beginning of January and again in Twente in early February.‘In general wolves are wary animals so it is likely that the Netherlands is visited more often,’ the website said. ‘However, there is no sign yet that wolves have made the Netherlands their permanent home.’The first confirmed sighting of a live wolf on Dutch soil since 1869 was made in 2015. A dead wolf was found in Flevoland in summer 2013 but research showed it had probably been dumped there.
A new plan announced by the government represents a rise of nearly 40% in the wolf population.After being eradicated by hunters in the 1930s, the wolf made its way back into France from Italy in the 1990s.Wolves are listed as a protected species by the Bern Convention that France has signed up to. France on alert for prowling wolves Wolf hunters deployed to French Alps Wolf makes a comeback in FranceAnimal rights groups had been pushing for a more radical proposal and accused ministers of lacking political courage.In a gesture to farmers, the government said that hunters in France would still be allowed to cull 40 wolves this year, the same as in 2017. Up to 10% of the wolf population could be culled every year from 2019, and that proportion could rise to 12% if more frequent wolf attacks were registered.Almost 12,000 sheep were killed by wolves in France in 2017 and the government has come under strong pressure from farmers in French regions – particularly in the Alps and the Pyrenees.
A wolf pack was captured by a fauna monitoring camera in Romania’s Piatra Craiului National Park. The footage was shared on Facebook on Jan. 8.
David McConnon reports wolves are set to be introduced back into the wild, the pilot scheme is due to begin in Wicklow.Wolves once roamed over all of Ireland — a native apex predator influencing other animals and even the ecosystem itself.Wolves also captured our imagination, with plentiful tales throughout Celtic and later folklore. The ancient Irish had great respect — even affection — for the wolf, calling it “mac tíre”, meaning “son of the land”.But then, persecuted for centuries, the last known Irish wolf was shot in County Carlow in 1786.H.O.W.L. — the Hibernian Organisation of Wolves in the Landscape — proposes a small scale re-introduction of wolves to Ireland with a pilot programme in Wicklow National Park.
Romania on Monday said it would kill or relocate 140 bears and 97 wolves following a rise in the number of attacks on humans, sparking outrage from animal rights groups.The measures aim to “prevent important damages and protect public health and safety”, the environment ministry said in a statement.A government-appointed commission of scientists backed the move, saying that it did not “endanger the conservation of these two species”.The decision to let the authorities carry out the killings also “prevents trophy hunting”, according to the experts.But the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) strongly denounced the measure and blamed the issue on deforestation.
A pair of wolves that have established themselves in western Jutland have been accused of being behind 65 attacks on domestic animals.However, new research shows that only 15 of the attacks can be laid at the door of the wolves, DR Nyheder reports.
Two projects aimed at rewilding the British countryside by reintroducing the wolf and the lynx are raising concerns among landowners.The Wildwood Trust in Devon is raising wolf cubs with the aim of reintroducing them to the Scottish highlands. A separate conservation group says it’s about to apply for permission to reintroduce the Lynx to the Kielder Forest on the Scottish-English border.Our correspondent Nicola Stanbridge reports on the growing divisions between conservationists and landowners.