Wolves return to Mount Parnitha

13 November 2015
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The reappearance of the wolf, after 50 years, at the national park of mount Parnitha was recorded by the environmental organisation Kallisto.

The presence of wolves on Parnitha was confirmed through the use of automatic infrared photo which remained active for six months following a request for technical support by Parnitha Forestry.

The cameras recorded a pack of 7-8 wolves.

According to Kallisto, the phenomenon is “interpreted as a natural re-settlement of a dispersed species” adding that the presence of the wolf in the area does not constitute a threat for the walkers.

The re-settlement of major carnivores in Greece has started in the last 20 years with the gradual reappearance of wolves in areas where they inhabited in the past.

The protection of huge areas of the mountainous and semi-mountainous zones followed by the gradual abandonment of the countryside and the review and upgrading of the legislation on the protection of the wolf and the brown bear along with the recovery of the wild boar, the roedeer and the deer on Parnitha were among the main causes of the gradual recovery of the species in areas where they had disappeared.

 

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