Wageningen World: Wolves in search of habitats

The wolf is a symbol of unspoiled wilderness. And yet there are now around 10 wolves in the densely populated Netherlands. They are welcomed by some and feared by others. ‘The return of the wolf forces us to have a rethink.’

According to Wageningen animal ecologist Hugh Jansman, the Netherlands has room for the wolf. ‘The wolf is protected by law and can find enough to eat here. Nowadays we hardly ever get the severe winters that keep populations of deer and wild boar down. On the Veluwe, where wolves have been established for two years now, the number of incidents involving sheep can be counted on the fingers of one hand.’

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