ANPEA wolf on the Veluwe, captured by nature photographer Otto Jelsma
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 19:44
The police in Gelderland have started an investigation into the death of a wolf. The animal was found today by a passer-by on the Veluwe near Elspeet.
Due to the increase in the number of wolves, a dead wolf is regularly found. This year there have already been twelve, usually caused by a car collision.
If there is no indication of a crime, the cadaver is removed for scientific research. There is probably such a clue now. The police do not want to say anything about it, the matter is under investigation.
Elspeet was in the news earlier this year due to unrest among keepers of sheep and other animals. Between August 10 and September 16, 41 sheep were mauled to death and 37 sheep injured in Elspeet and neighboring Uddel, probably by a wolf. In most cases the injuries were so serious that the animals had to be put down.
A 35-year-old Shetland pony was also found dead:
Sheep and pony killed by wolf: ‘things are getting out of hand’
The events increased calls for intervention in the village. But the wolf is a protected species. This means that killing, capturing and deliberately disturbing wolves is prohibited.
The police investigation must reveal how the wolf found today met its end.