Farmer takes first-ever Golden Jackal film footage in the Netherlands
A farmer who was planting seed potatoes captured the first moving images of a golden jackal in the Netherlands.
Farmer Jan Kolhorn, who managed to get his cell phone out in time to film the animal, was unsure what he was dealing with. “ I thought it was a fox at first, then a wolf, ” he told NOS.
Experts have, however, confirmed that what Kolhorn saw was a golden jackal in what is only the fourth sighting of the notoriously shy animal in the Netherlands so far.
De Groningse boer Jan Kolhorn filmde het dier woensdag op zijn land. “Heel bijzonder”, zegt Kolhorn tegen RTL Nieuws. https://t.co/RNCusSIZUh
– RTL Nieuws (@RTLnieuws) May 4, 2021
A golden chachal was first spotted in 2016 in the Veluwe Heath, thousands of miles from its usual haunts in North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Balkan states. It was not known at the time whether the animal had crossed the border into the Netherlands or, more likely, escaped or been released from a private zoo.
However, reports of sightings of golden jackals in Denmark, Germany and other European countries have also been reported and experts believe the animals come from Eastern Europe to settle in Western Europe in numbers. increasing.
Golden jackals are genetically related to the wolf but are smaller and have a more pointed snout. They are slightly larger than a fox, with a shoulder height of around 50 centimeters.
They hunt at night, mainly for mice, but they are also attracted to food waste left by humans. “ He could have ventured into a more populated area, perhaps in search of food when he was disturbed by the farmer and his tractor, ” said environmentalist Glenn Lelieveld of the conservation organization. Zoogdierenvereniging animals.
Although the golden jackal is not considered dangerous to livestock, two sheep were killed in November of last year. “It was an exception,” Lelieveld said. “I think we should be happy it’s here, as it eliminates mice.”
There is no doubt that the Golden Jackal is here to stay, Lelieveld said, but there is not much to indicate how many have settled here. “It doesn’t take much to survive. As long as we leave her alone, ”he says.
The golden jackal is protected in the Netherlands and is currently listed in the EU Habitats Directive as an Annex V species, meaning that Member States “ must ensure that their exploitation and their capture in the wild are compatible with their maintenance in a favorable state of conservation ”.
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