A seemingly tamed wolf that approached a 15-year-old boy in Hoge Veluwe National Park last weekend is at the center of a dispute between the park’s owners and the animal rights group Faunabescherming.
The foundation has gone so far as to accuse park managers of deliberately domesticating at least one wolf.
The organization filed a formal police complaint and called for an investigation.
De @faunabeschermin heeft aangifte gedaan tegen directie @HogeVeluwe wegens het verzaken van haar zorgplicht jegens de onder haar verantwoordelijkheid vallende wolven. Nergens werden wolven zo tam zonder bijvoeren @Meldpunt144 @POL_Gelderland 🐺📯 pic.twitter.com/UX2LOHVvKw
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Park management has described the accusation as “indescribable.” The park also warning As for the wolf, the website believes it to be about 6 months old.
At least one pair of wolves is known to have given birth in the park.
Park management has been opposed They claim that wolves eat sheep and damage biodiversity. Authorities say they have been prevented from removing the animals because they are protected, but have now applied to the state government to remove them.
Current regulations stipulate that wolves can be culled if they are classified as problem animals, such as when they approach people.
Wolves expert Hugh Jansman told Nu.nl that the behavior of wolves is unique and has never been observed in places like Yellowstone Park in the United States or Germany.
Two juvenile wolves were found in Germany begging for food from a car, but they came from a pack next to a military base and were being fed by soldiers, Jansman said. .
Earlier this month, a video was released showing about 10 photographers surrounding and photographing a young wolf in the Veluwe River. Animal rights groups described their actions as “scandalous.”
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