Wolves Return to Denmark for the First Time in Two Centuries

Gray Wolf (Image: Wikipedia. Wolves return to Denmark for first time in 200 years)

In 2012, a male wolf was spotted in Denmark for the first time in 200 years, giving cause for celebration among conservationists. It was the first official wild wolf sighting in the country since 1813, but recent reports have confirmed the presence of a fully fledged wolf pack, including a female.

Formodede ulvepar i Vestjylland 1. januar 2017 from Naturhistorisk Museum Aarhus on Vimeo.

Senior researcher Peter Sunde, of Aarhus University, said “wolves were exterminated in Denmark because of intense persecution,” but that recovered DNA samples and CCTV footage indicated a pack of four males and one female in Jutland, having crossed the border from Germany into the Scandinavian country.

Wolves return to Denmark for the first time in 200 years. (Image: Taral Jansen)

Sunde said that researchers expected the wolves to have cubs in 2018. He told Newsweek: “They may also postpone until next year since they probably have not been established for more than eight months by now. If we observe two wolves together in May-June, they are most likely not mating as the female will stay with the cubs in or near the den while the male is foraging on his own.”

A pack of wolves have returned to Denmark for the first time since the last verified sighting in 1813. (Image: Doug Smith)

The animals are believed to be among more than 12,000 wild wolves in continental Europe, giving rise to optimism among scientists despite concerns over the “intense persecution” that previously led to their demise. Hat tip: NPR.

Related: 10 Animals That Have Been Declared Extinct in the Last Decade



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