Translated from the Dutch of the YouTube text of this video:
Bocholt, October 3, 2012 – For the first time in over 150 years, a European wildcat has surfaced in Flanders. A volunteer of Natuurpunt has succeeded in filming the animal with a camera trap in the nature reserve Smeetshof in Bocholt, a vast area owned by Natuurpunt in Limburg province. It’s the second time this year that a spectacular animal shows up in the Smeetshof. In the spring scientists from the University of Antwerp managed to film an otter there.
See also here.
Wild cat in the Netherlands: here.
- Last Sunday (thinkonlythisofme.wordpress.com)
Super clean video. Thanks for sharing. I liked the ring-tail feature. 150 years – hope must have been lost.
Hi Clanmother and Waldo, thanks for your comments. Wildcats survived in Germany, not so far from Belgium. I hope that this wildcat will find a mate 🙂
How exciting!!! I can only imagine how the photographer must have felt!!
Wildcat returns to the Netherlands
Friday 03 May 2013
A wildcat has been spotted roaming southern parts of Limburg, natural heritage organisation Natuurmonumenten said on Friday.
The wildcat (Felis Silvestris) disappeared from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe because of climate change and deforestation but has since moved back into hilly parts of Germany and the Ardennen region of Belgium.
A wildcat has now been caught on film several times scavanging from the corpse of a deer in Limburg. This is surprising because the animal is a hunter by nature, Naturmonumenten is quoted as saying by news agency ANP.
Wolves are also poised to make a come back in the Netherlands. Last month, Natuurmonumenten said a lone wolf was spotted near the German town of Meppen, which is just 15 kilometres from the Dutch border.
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