Photo: Valeri Štšerbatõh
Estonian text posted 13.10.2019
The wolf that was given the name Naya by the public was the first wolf that be been seen in Belgium
in more than a 100 years. The last known wolf was shot there in 1897
Naya’s arrival in
After May there has however been no sign of Naya and her whelps. Naya’s GPS collar has at the same time turned silent. August however has been seen in the trail camera and he is alive and in good health. But changes in his behaviour confirm that he leads the life of a single wolf.
Wolves will not move far from their home territory when they have whelps. They will not die in birthing. Death on a highway would surely already have become known. The story of Maya reminds clearly of the mysterious disappearance of our own Sindi wolf, In the case of Naya too poaching is seen as the only logical explanation. especially considering the angry phone calls to wolf protectors in which some of the wolf hating fraction threatened to kill the animals. But any really waterproof evidence (such as the carcass of the animal) has not been found and so the theory of poaching has not found official support.
There is nothing to be done, the life of a wolf is not easy anywhere and poaching is a great threat to wolves nearly everywhere. It is particularly complicated for wolves that have settled in countries where wolves have not been present for more than 100 years and humans have to get used to the presence of the top predator in the forests again, In the Netherlands too for instance there are stories of the mysterious disappearance of wolves – three out of 16 wolves seen in the country during the last four years have disappeared.