Friday, 7 November 2014

Wolves roaming wild in Denmark for first time in 200 years

At least one male wolf has permanently settled in Jutland, Denmark, scientists say, in first case since 1813

By Justin Huggler, Berlin

4:14PM GMT 06 Nov 2014

Wolves have returned to Denmark for the first time in 200 years, according to researchers.

When wolves last roamed wild in Denmark, Napoleon was still terrorising Europe and the Battle of Waterloo had yet to be fought.

But now a team of researchers say they have conclusive evidence that wolves have re-established themselves in much of the Jutland peninsula, the part of Denmark that is in mainland Europe, and that at least one male wolf has permanently settled there.

There have been sporadic sightings of wolves in Jutland since 2012, but this is the first time scientists have officially confirmed their return.

A team of researchers from Aarhus University and the Danish National History Museum studied locations where wolf DNA was found and where wolves were photographed in the wild.

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