Another wolf was killed on the North-South connection (N175) in Helchteren on Wednesday morning. This is reported by the organization Welcome Wolf. The collision happened near a known crossing. An initial investigation by the Nature Aid Center shows that it is a male cub.
Read everything about the wolf in Limburg in our file.
At around 7.20 am, Welcome Wolf received a report that a fallen animal had been found on the road. The road where the accident occurred is an important crossing point for wildlife. “It is just where the N715 turns into the N74,” says biologist Frederik Thoelen. “We have also made some observations of wolves at that location in recent days. We therefore had a suspicion that it would not last long.” before there would be a casualty.”
The animal was transferred to the Nature Aid Center in Oudsbergen, where the wolf was examined. “We can confirm that it is a male cub of about 6 months old,” Thoelen continues. X-ray images show that the animal was hit from the back by a car.
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According to Welcome Wolf, at least three cubs remain after the death of the male cub. “On our last camera images, five wolves were observed together, probably she-wolf Noëlla with four cubs,” explains Jan Loos from Welcome Wolf. “Although it is of course possible that the pack has even more young.”
Welcome Wolf has had regular contact with the Roads and Traffic Agency over the past six months about known crossings. It shows the location of the new accident number one. In the long term, an ecoduct is planned at that location as part of the North-South project. “These ecoducts will therefore only be completed in a few years. If we place eco grids next to that road, we risk driving the wolves into built-up areas. And of course we want to avoid that. Only an enforced speed with permanent control can provide relief here in the short term,” it continues.
There are already eco-grids on that road, but they are not high enough. We also have images of wolves jumping over the grids. Only a reduction in speed can work here
Welcome Wolf has been advocating for measures on risk routes for wolves and other crossing wildlife for some time. For example, the organization is threatening a lawsuit against the Roads and Traffic Agency if two points are not met before 2024. “The first point is the fencing of the N74, which is an extension of the N715. The priority part of the eco-grid will be realized in the course of 2024, so work is already being done on that point.”
For the N76 in Oudsbergen, Welcome Wolf hopes for a speed reduction from 90 km/h to 70 km/h. “There are already eco-grids on that road, but they are not high enough. We also have images of wolves jumping over the grids. Only a reduction in speed can work here. Discussions with the Roads and Traffic Agency are ongoing for this purpose. If we do not receive a positive answer before the Christmas holidays, we will go to court. Because I can tell you with certainty: there will undoubtedly be another victim between today and March if we do not intervene.”
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