There are 159 wolf packs in Germany and the Benelux, of which one pack lives in the Netherlands, near Enschede
There are 159 wolf packs in Germany and the Benelux. In addition, there are 29 pairs and 21 individual wolves. A total of 565 young were born in 151 wolf packs.
By far the most wolf populations are in eastern Germany, near the border with Poland. In April 2021, a pack, a couple and a lone wolf lived in the Netherlands.
This is evident from figures brought together by scientific wolf institutes in the four countries. According to the countries, now that the wolf is on the rise, it is necessary to collect cross-border data. From this it can be deduced how wolves develop and reproduce.
International agreements can also be made about wolf policy and compensation for damage, according to BIJ12, the bureau that keeps wolf data for the provinces. A new Interprovincial Wolf Plan will be published in the Netherlands this autumn.
Meppen and Nordhorn
The wolf pack in the Netherlands is located near Enschede. The pair and the individual wolf are in the Veluwe. In Drenthe there are many complaints about wolves, but they probably come from Germany. Near Meppen and Nordhorn are the closest packs.
The maps that BIJ12 published on Tuesday are made per ‘wolf year.’ A wolf year runs from May to April of the following year and follows the cycle of reproduction. In 2010, the first six wolf packs appeared in Germany on the border with Poland. In 2016 there was a first pair close to the Dutch border and in 2018 the first wolves were seen in the Netherlands. Wolves in the Netherlands come from German packs, but there are also wolves with a Central European background.
BIJ12 expects countries such as Denmark, France and Poland to join internationally in collecting wolf data centrally.