| Neither a fox nor a dog

Wolf (Author: Pexels)

By Isabel Ammer

There is increasing evidence that there is an animal around Sandizell that is neither a fox nor a dog. After the bite marks on the dead calf, the matter was still quite uncertain. But then readers got in touch who saw something for themselves. Among other things, FW city councilor Michael Hundseder, who had seen an animal between Schrobenhausen and Sandizell in the evening that he firmly believes could have been a wolf.

Beate Dallmayr from Sandizell has a different assumption. She has also seen an animal – several times in the past three years – and she is convinced that it is a golden jackal. Between Sandizell and Klingsmoos, it had appeared on the roadside several times in the warm months when she was driving home from work. “It looks like a jackal”, describes Beate Dallmayr, like a large, compact fox with long legs, but not quite as red in terms of its coat color. More gray-brown. Her husband has always laughed at her when she talked about the jackal, but now she has read about the golden jackal, which has been sighted several times in Germany. “It is definitely a golden jackal,” says Dallmayr, convinced of her sightings. Hundseder, on the other hand, sticks to his suspicion that his sighting in the Hagenauer Forest was a wolf even after looking at the picture of a golden jackal.

From the district office, climate protection manager Christoph Unterburger writes: “After consulting Mr. Geißler, I can tell you that a golden jackal would be an absolute rarity here.” From the point of view of the head of the nature conservation authority, it would be more likely that “a wolf would be with us”. So the wolf after all? Who knows.

A golden jackal was spotted in the Bavarian Forest National Park just a few days ago. According to the national park administration, the animal, which is very rare in Germany, was photographed by a wildlife camera four weeks ago, according to the German press agency. Christian Fiderer, an expert in wildlife monitoring, described the sighting as a “small sensation” for the Bavarian Forest as well.

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Last, according to Fiderer, a golden jackal was detected in the Bavarian Forest in 2012. There were further sightings in Bavaria in 2017 – a game accident involving a golden jackal near Freising – and last year in Ruhpolding in Chiemgau. Here the golden jackal was also captured by a wildlife camera.

Golden jackals are smaller than wolves but larger than red foxes and look a bit like a cross between the two animals. They are mainly native to Eastern Europe. The animal prefers warm regions with open spaces, says Fiderer.

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