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Are Wolves Returning to the Netherlands?

Discovery of carcass indicates wolves may be making their way back into the country after more than a century.

Are they back yet? The discovery of a dead she-wolf in the Netherlands in July has sparked off a debate among conservationists about whether wolves have indeed moved back into the country after more than a century.

Earlier this month a coalition of Dutch scientific and wildlife groups came together to declare that the wolf had been living in the Netherlands for a while before it was hit by a vhehicle and killed.

The last official sighting of a wolf in the Dutch wilderness was near the town of Heeze, North Brabant, in 1897.

The body of the animal, apparently killed by a car, was found near the small village of Luttelgeest in the northern Netherlands. Back then Faunabeheer Flevoland, a local conservation group, claimed the wolf was probably from Germany or Poland and had been “picked up and dumped” by the roadside as a “joke” by one of the “many” East European agricultural workers in the region. “There could not have been a living one here. No one has come forward because they have hit one, no footprints have been found and a wolf is too shy to come to such a densely populated area,” Nettie van den Belt, a spokesman for the group told reporters…

Read the entire article on earthisland.org: Are Wolves Returning to the Netherlands?

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