Wolf spotted walking around Gelderland, third sighting this year

A gray wolf. Photo: Depositphotos.com

There have been three confirmed sightings of wolves in the Netherlands so far this year, website Nature Today said on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, a wolf was spotted in several locations in Gelderland and was caught on video walking along the edge of fields.

A wolf was seen in several places in the east of the country around the beginning of January and again in Twente in early February.

‘In general wolves are wary animals so it is likely that the Netherlands is visited more often,’ the website said. ‘However, there is no sign yet that wolves have made the Netherlands their permanent home.’

The first confirmed sighting of a live wolf on Dutch soil since 1869 was made in 2015. A dead wolf was found in Flevoland in summer 2013 but research showed it had probably been dumped there.

In March 2014, the government announced the wolf will be a protected species when it returns to live in the Netherlands. This means farmers will receive compensation from a special fund if livestock are attacked and killed.