After sightings in Groningen and Drenthe, a wolf has also been spotted in Friesland.
By Jelte Stol / Translation by Traci White
The animal was filmed in the village of Appelscha in the southwestern corner of the province. According to the province of Friesland, two sheep who had been bitten were found dead in the vicinity on Monday morning.
Anne Graafstra, a farmer from Appelscha, filmed the following video of the wolf on Saturday mornin.
Wolf gesignaleerd omgeving Langedijke – Appelscha. @Owerf @NationaalParkDF pic.twitter.com/hJzPrak3Yl
— Anne Graafstra (@AnneGraafstra) April 14, 2018
Experts are convinced that the animal in the images is a wolf. DNA research will help to confirm whether or not the dead sheep were indeed killed by the animal. The Leeuwarder Courant writes that three other sheep were found dead in Appelscha on Friday.
According to the province, the animal likely entered the Netherlands from Germany. Wolves are known for their large territories and the distances they can cover in a single day.
Conservationists are heartened that wolves are returning to the area, but agricultural organisation LTO is alarmed by their presence in the Northern Netherlands, calling wolves a threat to shepherds and their flocks.
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