A team of researchers from Aarhus University and the Danish National History Museum have confirmed that at least one male wolf has moved into the Jutland area. The wolf likely dispersed from the southern, German part of the peninsula. Germany has approximately 25 active packs (original site | Google translate), 8 breeding pairs and a number of individual wolves, most in the northeast of the country.
There have been occasional sightings of wolves in Jutland since 2012, but the repeated detections of the same male wolf, confirmed by DNA analysis, have officially confirmed the return of wild wolves to the area. The animal was detected seven times in 2013; wolves are considered to have settled in an area if they are seen there twice in six months.
Researchers note that, so far, they have only found DNA traces of male wolves in Denmark, and have not seen DNA evidence of female wolves or of pups, although Ulvetracking Denmark, a group of wolf enthusiasts, have recorded sounds in Jutland which appear to be a pack, with pups, howling (original site | Google translate). The Danish Centre for Environment and Energy feels that a breeding population may develop in Jutland within ten years.
“We’re hoping for a snowy winter so wolf tracks can lead us to further documented finds,” Thomas Secher Jensen, a senior researcher with the Natural History Museum, told Denmark’s national broadcasting service, DR.
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