Saturday, 10 August 2013

Wolf found in Netherlands is no joke, scientists say

The first wolf found in the Netherlands in over 140 years walked there freely from eastern Europe, scientists said Wednesday, dismissing allegations its body had been dumped as joke.


The female wolf has mystified the Netherlands since its body was found by the roadside near the tiny village of Luttelgeest in the north of the country in July.
Some had even suggested that eastern European  employed in the Netherlands had brought the wolf from their home country in order to confound the Dutch.
But now a bevvy of Dutch scientific and wildlife groups have come together to establish the truth.
The Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC) said in a statement after a press conference that "the wolf died from a heavy blow to the head, apparently from being hit by a car."
The wolf was in , around one and a half years old and had just eaten some young beaver, the DWHC said in a joint statement with the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Alterra research institute and WolvenInNederland (Wolves in the Netherlands).
The wolf apparently originally came from "eastern Europe, near the Russian border," Naturalis and Alterra said.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-wolf-netherlands-scientists.html#jCp

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