Children lovers of the film Dances with Wolves may be disappointed like me, when they learn that wolves can’t be easily domesticated. And because of their still low numbers in the wild (the exact figure is unknown to the environmentalists), it's probably good. This unique creatures are said to be endangered again.
According to the articles, on which I’ve recently stumbled across, more “hybrids” are starting to appear alongside the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog in Czechia. Genetically pure wolves, who are gradually returning to our territory, are according to the authors of articles threatened by stray dogs who reproduce with them.
In addition to the changing landscape by growing population, continuously rising vehicle traffic and unfortunately also illegal shooting, the crossbreeding with dog tramps poses another serious threat for these charming canine beasts.
The first “were-dog” appeared in the Czech Republic in the last year. The scientists from the Czech University of Life Sciences together with the researchers from the Charles University and ecologists from the NGO Hnutí Duha are behind this discovery. Not a single wolf cub with dog genes has survived in the end.
On the contrary, the so-called hybridisation occurs abroad relatively often. For example, in Italy, the number of stray dogs is much higher than in the Czech Republic us, because their numbers are regulated by huntsmen.
It might be interesting to us as well, that the Czech research team, that is a part of an international consortium for wolf genetics, is trying to determine whether the crossbreeding happened from wolf faeces. When it comes to the number of collected samples, the Czech Republic is on top positions. According to experts, this can help for further research and assessment of the crossbreeding of canine beasts in the wild.
To finish off, I have prepared some interesting facts for you:
- Wolves used to be the most common animal species after humans. Originally, they inhabited the whole European continent. It is estimated that the population of grey wolf in Europe consists of about 60,000 individuals.
- Although it was eradicated in the Czech Republic in the past, it returned to the Beskydy mountains naturally from the Slovak Carpathians.
- Wolves rarely appear also in North Bohemia, in the Jeseník region or in Šumava or Pošumaví (the Šumava foothills).
Are you also wolf fans? What do you think about the crossbreeding of wolves and dogs in the wild?