The wolf that bites dozens of sheep in the vicinity of Heusden in Brabant in mid-May no longer resides in the Netherlands. The predator went to Belgium, where he killed several sheep in Duffel (under Antwerp). Bij12, the implementing organization for the provinces, reports this to NU.nl on Thursday.
The DNA that the wolf left on bitten sheep in Flanders corresponds to the DNA with which the wolf that killed sheep in Brabant was identified.
The animal has been given the code GW1554m. All wolves that are identified are given such a code.
GW1554m is a one year old wolf and was born in Germany. The animal comes from a pack that lives near Meppen, near the border with Drenthe.
In Berlaar in Flanders, a cow was probably also attacked by the wolf. "This was an animal weakened by calf disease that was easy prey for the wolf," writes the Belgian Institute of Nature and Forest Research (INBO). According to the organization, such attacks are rare and not all cows should be housed as a precaution.
Wolf grabs sheep close to a new housing estate in Brabant's Vlijmen
'This is also the success of farmers'
Glenn Lelieveld, Coordinator Wolvesmeldpunt is happy that this wolf Brabant is out. "This is a success that we have to celebrate enormously," he says.
"When the wolf walked through Brabant, we started investigating scenarios with the province of Brabant, municipalities and the Southern Agricultural and Horticultural Organization (ZLTO) to catch or shoot the wolf," explains Lelieveld. "But that takes time because of the protected status of the wolf. Until then, sheep had to be protected or brought in at night."
The Wolf Reporting Coordinator predicted that if the livestock protection was done properly, the wolf would be out of the area in two weeks.
According to Lelieveld, farmers were not waiting for these protective measures, but in the end they did. "They helped and this is really a success for them."