The Netherlands now has its first resident wolf population in 140 years, according to ecologists from campaign groups FreeNature and Wolven in Nederland.
Wolves were hunted out of many countries in Europe but have slowly been migrating back. Infrequent wolf sightings have occurred in the Netherlands for about 15 years. Those sightings were previously thought to be of wolves that had crossed over from Germany only temporarily, but it now appears some are back to stay.
Wolves are now protected under the Berne convention and can only be killed under specific circumstances. Ecologist Roeland Vermeulen thinks the Netherlands has room for 22 packs, each with 5-8 wolves.