The golden jackal returned to the Buda hill forests a couple of years ago. It is certain that the species once again firmly present in the forests around the capital said Pilis Forest Office employees, MTI reports.

The golden jackal poses no danger to humans. It is medium-built mammalian predator and reappeared in Hungary naturally.

The golden jackal disappeared from Hungary at the end of the 1800s. Since then, only two documented sightings were recorded – one in 1937 and one in 1942. For this reason – in contrast to the fox or wolf – the public is less familiar with this animal, they call it “mini wolf” as it resembles more to a wolf than to a fox.

The species became extinct in Hungary due to the disappearance of wetlands and efforts in the second third of the 20th century to control the population of predators.

Its natural habitat is in the Balkans, particularly in Bulgaria and Greece. Most probably, they reached southern Hungary through the former Yugoslav states, and over the years, especially since the ’90s they’ve spread out from Somogy, Baranya and Bács-Kiskun counties to the northern counties.

According to wildlife officers, just in the Buda hill forests hundreds of golden jackals are present and their population is growing fast.

The golden jackal is highly adoptable animal; they live in large packs. The female golden jackal nurtures her cubs much longer than the fox.

In its appearance it resembles mostly to the fox, accept in its color and size.

It produces a sustained roar, or short, distinctive howling sounds usually, one hour after sunset.

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