Confirmed wolf territories in Germany

Monitoring, i.e. the annual confirmation of wolf packs, wolf pairs and territorial individual animals, is the responsibility of the federal states. For this reason, each federal state conducts a survey of wolf populations that is independent of the other federal states; the results of this survey are also published independently of the other federal states.

In order to regularly obtain a Germany-wide coordinated overview from these findings, the data for the whole of Germany are compiled once a year - usually in September - in a national monitoring meeting under the direction of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The results are a nationally coordinated occurrence map (map of occupied grid cells) and a map of confirmed territories, each of which is prepared retroactively for the previous monitoring year. A monitoring year runs from 1 May of each year to 30 April of the following year. The period covers a biological "wolf year", from the birth of the puppies to the end of their first year of life.

Following the meeting, the figures for the monitoring year and the occurrence map will be published by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The territory map and a brief status report on the past monitoring year will be prepared and published by DBBW.

The situation in the monitoring year 2017/18

In the monitoring year 2017/18 111 wolf territories were known. There was evidence for 75 packs, 33 pairs and 3 territorial single animals. Reproduction could be proven in 67 packs and confirmed with a total of 268 puppies. The wolves occurred in the federal states Bayern, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen.

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The data for the current monitoring year, which has not yet been evaluated nationwide, are to be regarded as provisional and correspond to the current state of knowledge and reporting of the federal states. The information on past monitoring years may change if new findings make it necessary to adjust the information. The current state of knowledge is shown on these pages, whereas the annual status report is not continuously updated.

Terms used in the documentation of territories

Pack: more than 2 wolves, which were proven together in the area. A pack usually consists of a pair of parents and their puppies, as well as youngsters (offspring from the previous year). Sometimes also descendants of earlier years are there.
Pair: two wolves that live together in one area but do not (yet) have any puppies.
Territorial animal: A wolf which could be proven over more than 6 months in an area.
Monitoring year: from 1 May of each year to 30 April of the following year. The period covers a biological "wolf year", from the birth of the puppies to the end of their first year of life.