Wolves in Hungary
Two more videos have been published about Zselyke, the young wolf, which proves that the wolves are active and constantly present in the North Hungarian Mountains. WWF Hungary and the Aggtelek National Park point out that the presence of these carnivorous is extremely beneficial for nature conservation. Wild wolves avoid the contact with humans, we almost never catch sight of them.
Some people adore wolves, while others are afraid of them. Either way, we have almost no chance to take a look at them. Wild wolves live in large, untroubled forests, away from any settlements. Thanks to their excellent hearing and sense of smell, they can avoid any human contact, we can only see their traces – if we learn how to recognise them. Although, wolves are ‘invisible’ for us, they contribute to the healthy ecological system of the forests on a large scale.
„Wolves are the conductors of the forest wildlife.” – they affect the distribution of the larger herbivorous races, like deer, roe and wild boars and bring down sick or injured specimen. The reduction of herbivores affects thousands of plant and animal species positively. “The regulation of other species is very important; the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park in the US increased severely after the return of wolves in 1995.” – says László Gálhidy, head of WWF Hungary’s Forest Protection Program.
Some experts claim that wolves never disappeared from Hungary completely; some specimens were always present in the North Hungarian Mountains. Living together with wolves is considered part of everyday life in most European countries, although it’s not unusual to see fences and guard dogs in those areas. "We are proud that the Aggtelek National Park can provide a safe and stable habitat for these animals.” – says Balazs Veress, director of the National Park. "Monitoring is an important part of our work, so we are always delighted when new data turns up, or a video recording is made of one of the animals”. These newly released recordings shows this young female, Zselyke, sniffing around in the forest.
The wolves of Aggtelek and Zemplén are very apprehensive – there were no wolf-domestic animal conflicts being reported for the past 30 years. Unfortunately, there is a great risk of poaching – but we are confident that the surveillance cameras, the field visits of our experts and the assistance of the hunting society will eventually discourage the perpetrators of shooting them down."- explains the director.