The dead wolf that was found in the Veluwe near Stroe in Gelderland at the beginning of this month has been shot. This is evident from research, the province of Gelderland reports today.
The wolf is a strictly protected species, so killing is punishable by law. A criminal investigation into the incident is therefore underway.
The male wolf, called GW1490m, lived mainly in the nature reserve on the Southwest Veluwe. He arrived here from Germany via Overijssel and the North Veluwe at the end of 2020 and formed a pair with the she-wolf who was killed in a car near Ede earlier this year.
hit by a car
Initially, it was suspected that the wolf had been hit by a car. The Dutch Wildlife Health Center of Utrecht University has performed an autopsy and veterinary research to find out the true facts. That turned out to be a bullet.
In addition to the GW1490m, five other dead wolves have been found in the Netherlands. They all died in a collision. About 15 to 20 wolves live in Gelderland. The habitats are located in the North, Central and Southwest Veluwe.
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