3. December 2022| Wolf protection, Poland, Wolf Gagat

Gagat wolf blocked by A4 freeway

After crossing the A1 highway, Gagat the wolf continued in a southwesterly direction.

After a few days, it reached the A4 highway, between Oława and Opole. Unfortunately, the A4 is an old highway with few animal crossings.

Gagat searched for two weeks for a crossing by wandering along the highway. He penetrated more than 90 kilometers of this road, from Wrocław to Gogolin. He even wandered as far as Wrocław itself – only turning back when he entered the Wysoka estate.

You often ask us if it is normal for wolves to appear on the outskirts of cities. Gagat’s behavior shows that it is – wolves during dispersal appear in places where you would hardly expect them.

In the section where Gagat seeks passage across the A4, there are few forests, and thus few places where he could rest and hunt something. So far, Gagat has been using small forest complexes near Dąbrowa and Lewin Brzeski for rest. It will be interesting to see if he manages to cross the A4, or if he will rather change the direction of his wanderings.

*Gagat is an approximately 2.5-year-old wolf in the process of dispersal, who is looking for a place to start his own family. He wears a GPS collar so we can track his steps.

Author: Roman Gula

Photo: Generalna Dyrekcja Dróg Krajowych i Autostrad [GDDKiA]