Wolves back in Denmark after 200 years

This video is about living with wolves.

From Wildlife Extra:

Wolves back in Denmark after 200 year absence

Following the discovery of a dead male wolf in the northernmost part of Denmark in 2012 research has been undertaken into the species by the country’s Natural History Museum, Aarhus and Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Kalø.

As a result of their findings they have recently published a map showing all documented wolf information to date during 2014. The documentation consists of photos from wildlife camera traps and DNA analyses of saliva samples from dead wildlife, sheep and calves, and samples from presumed wolf scats.

The maps reveal that wolves have been sighted in most parts of the peninsula of Jutland. Most of the positive wolf DNA samples were collected in the central and western Jutland, in areas with widespread forests and heathland, but wolves were also detected in more agricultural areas. …

Until now, 12 individual wolves have been identified through DNA analysis. Two of these can be traced back to a German wolf pack, some 700 km away, and two others are closely related to a Polish pack at least 800 km away. Most individuals are only found once, however one individual has been detected in eight locations during the last 18 months.

“Interestingly, the 12 individual wolves are all males and there is no proof of females and cubs,” said Thomas Secher Jense of the Natural History Museum.

“However, there have been several undocumented observations, including wolf howls suggesting that they might be found in Denmark.

Male wolves are known to roam large areas looking for females, whereas females generally do not disperse that far. The closest known wolf pack in the vicinity of the Danish border is in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, some 200 km away.“

7 thoughts on “Wolves back in Denmark after 200 years

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