According to recently published information, a wolf image was captured using photocamera trap in Northern Bohemia, Czech Republic. The feared animal was crossing a wooded clearing in a former military training area, about hundred years after the predator disappeared from the area. It is the first evidence of the Wolves return to the Czech Republic.
“The return of wolves in northern Bohemia has been anticipated for years. In recent years, the wolves showed in the Giant Šluknovsko or where they came from Saxony. There were trustworthy proves of wolf using crossing the Czech-German border in the autumn of 2012. The territory of our border Mountains and military space provides sufficient space to life for the wolves. It was just a matter of time before the establish pack again in Czech Republic”
says Miroslav Kutal, an expert on the protection of large carnivores from Hnuti Duha, one of our partner NGOs.
The return of the wolves is a process, which should be further encouraged. Wolves play an important ecological role through for instance regulating the deer population. However there are evidences from other countries such as for instance Spain that the species draw tourists to the area. Our friends at Hnuti Duha are of course concerned though of the arrival of poachers.
“Our Society was very glad to hear about the successful comeback of wolves to Czech Republic. We sincerely hope that this process won’t stop at the return of one single adult, but will eventually lead to spreading the species across the country.”
adds Zoltan Kun, Chairman of the European Wilderness Society.
More information about Hnuti Duha’s work on the return of the Wolves to Czech Republic is here.