Pack of wolves captured on camera in a forest in Piatra Craiului National Park
A pack of wolves has been filmed by a camera monitoring the fauna in a forest in Piatra Craiului National Park. Romsilva has posted the images on Facebook.
Specialists say that there are about 5,800 wolves in Romania, one of the largest population of wolves in Europe.
“The wolf (Canis lupus) is the largest extant member of the canine family, is a carnivore living in packs and has an important role in maintaining the environmental balance and the healthy natural ecosystems,” reads the message accompanying the post on the Romsilva Facebook page.
The gray wolf is one of the world’s best-known and most-researched animals, with probably more books written about it than any other wildlife species.
In Central and Northern Europe, wolves were dramatically reduced in number during the early nineteenth century, because of organized hunts and reductions in ungulate populations.
In Eastern Europe wolves were never fully exterminated, because of the area’s contiguity with Asia and its large forested areas. However, Eastern European wolf populations were reduced to very low numbers by the late nineteenth century. Wolves were extirpated in Slovakia during the first decade of the twentieth century and, by the mid-twentieth century, could only be found in a few forested areas in eastern Poland. Wolves in Hungary occurred in only half the country around the start of the 20th century, and were largely restricted to the Carpathian Basin. Wolf populations in Romania remained largely substantial, although an all-time low was reached in 1967, when the population was reduced to 1,550 animals, according to Wikipedia reports.