Book on wolves wins prize

This video is called Wolves In The Wild.

Today, the winner of the Jan Wolkers Prize for the best Dutch wildlife book of the year was announced. The jury decided that the winner was De kinderen van de nacht (The children of the night), by Dik van der Meulen.

The subject of the book is the relationship between wolves and humans, from prehistory to today.

Wolves in the Netherlands: here.


Wolves hunt bison, video

This video, recorded in northern Canada, says about itself:

Pack Of Wolves Hunt a BisonFrozen PlanetBBC Earth

30 August 2017

The largest wolves on earth hunt down North America’s largest land animal.

Wolves hunt hare, video

This video says about itself:

Wolf Pack Hunts A Hare – The Hunt – BBC Earth

28 June 2017

A diet of leverets will not be enough to sustain a growing pup or feed an entire wolf pack, so bigger prey is needed. The problem is bigger prey like the hare are incredibly agile and can run up to speeds of 60 km per hour. If this wolf pack are not going to go hungry, they will need to hunt as a unit.

Wolf killed by car in the Netherlands

This video shows a wolf in Groningen province in the Netherlands in 2015.

Translated from RTV Noord in Groningen province in the Netherlands today:

This Friday morning a dead wolf was brought to Fauna Vision Foundation Wildcare in Westernieland.

Pim Lollinga of the rehab centre: “It is a male of more than fifty kilos, a huge animal. The animal was killed on the A28 motorway between Hoogeveen and Meppel [in Drenthe province]. …

The wolf has been transferred for investigation to the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC), which is affiliated with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Utrecht. Lollinga: “They will create a DNA profile of the wolf. Subsequently, it will be checked whether he matches with a wild population in Germany.”

Wolves are at present not a resident species in the Netherlands. After hunters exterminated them in the nineteenth century, recently rarely vagrant wolves arrive from Germany.

Norwegian right-wing politician wants all carnivorous animals killed

This video says about itself:

Wolf hunting in Norway

28 December 2016

A real issue in Norway. The hunters are aiming towards killing too many wolves. Happily the hunt was cancelled in time.

Translated from Dagbladet daily in Norway:

Conservative politician believes all predators should be shot dead: They provide no added value

Member of Parliament Laila Davidsen (Høyre [translated: ‘right-wing’, the Norwegian Conservative party]) believes wolf extermination is only one of several things her own government has not delivered on in anti-predator policy. Now she demands action.

12 February 2017 12:24

Talking only about economic ‘added value’: this would be a death blow to ecotourism in Norway.

Five hundred wolves in Germany

This video says about itself:

Wolf pups (Canis lupus) – Wolf behavior

30 May 2012

There were four adorable wolf pups, just one week old. The entire pack works together to care for those young pups.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that it is estimated there are over 500 wolves in Germany. Wolves had been exterminated about 1850 in Germany, but are coming back now. In December 2015, about 400 had been counted.

Norwegian wolves’ lives saved

This BBC video from Canada says about itself:

22 June 2016

Gordon Buchanan tries to get up close to the wolves‘ den using a special camera to see how many young cubs there are. Taken from Snow Wolf Family And Me.

Fortunately, not all hunting news is as bad as the news about Donald Trump’s sons.

Translated from Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands:

Norway stops shooting of two-thirds of the wolf population

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Also thanks to international pressure, the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen, has reversed the decision to kill two-thirds of the wolf population in the country. The four packs north of the Norwegian capital Oslo are saved.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is greatly relieved. According to Nina Jensen, CEO of WWF Norway, it is a great victory for Norwegian nature: “We have in recent weeks along with other organizations collected more than 60,000 signatures against the massacre of 47 wolves. There are only 70 wolves and the wild wolf population is already declining much, including by illegal hunting. The plan to cull nearly as much as seventy percent of the wolves in the country led rightly internationally to much criticism. We are pleased and grateful that the decision was reversed!”

Independent legal review

In October of this year the [government’s] Norwegian Centre for Nature decided to issue hunting permits to protect farmers and cattle. WWF Norway had asked for an independent judicial review of this decision. Jensen: “The statement by the Norwegian Minister is now obvious: it is not permissible to hunt wolves which do not harm sheep and other livestock. And that is the greatest victory!”

Now, one should hope that there will no exceptions to these new rules for the royal family of Sweden … or for the royal family of Spain … or for the royal family of Britain … or for the royal family of the Netherlands … or for the royal family of Belgium …or for princes from Qatar … or for Donald Trump’s sons.