The she-wolf who made a trip through the Netherlands in 2017 and then settled in the Belgian North Limburg, was "maliciously killed", reports the Belgian Agency for Nature and Forest (ANB) Monday.
The ANB assumes that the wolf Naya is dead, now that the animal has not been seen for months and has not been found even after an intensive search. The wolf was last seen before the summer and was pregnant. Since then, every trace of the animal is missing.
The male with whom the she-wolf lived together is still alive and is also regularly seen on wildlife cameras.
According to the ANB, the she-wolf lived in an inaccessible area "where nobody was allowed in principle". If the wolf was indeed killed, the action was, according to the agency, "well prepared by professionals".
"It can be assumed that if the she-wolf was killed, the perpetrators of the crime would have deliberately invaded the she-wolf's nesting area, in order to deliberately and deliberately search for the she-wolf with her cubs on the nest and kill them there," writes the agency.
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Male wolf still in the area
The ANB reports that the male wolf is still in the area and that it does not seem that the animal is leaving North Limburg. "Experts assume that there is a good chance that a couple of wolves will settle again soon."
Just as in the Netherlands, the return of the wolf to Belgium leads to much debate. Nature lovers are happy with it, but farmers - and in particular sheep farmers - fear that their cattle will be attacked by the predator.
No more attacks on sheep in the Netherlands
There are currently three adult wolves in the Netherlands, two of which form a few. That couple gave birth in the spring. There are probably five.
Since the three adult wolves have settled in the Netherlands - this is spoken of if they have been living in the same area for at least six months - there have been no more cases of attacks on cattle by wolves.
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