Wolves Return to Mount Parnitha On the Outskirts of Athens



parnitha_wolf1Environmentalists confirmed the presence of wolves on Mount Parnitha on the outskirts of Athens using automatic infrared photography.

Using cameras that remained active for six months, following a request for technical support by Parnitha Forestry, the Kallisto Environmental Organization for Wild Life and Nature recorded a pack of 7-8 wolves.

According to Kallisto, the phenomenon is “interpreted as a natural re-settlement of a dispersed species. They also gave the assurance that the presence of the wolf in the area does not constitute a threat for hikers and visitors in general.

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 roe deer and the deer on Parnitha were among the main causes of the gradual recovery of the species in areas where they had disappeared, according to Kallisto.