OFFICIALS in the Netherlands have said that park rangers in Arnhem province can shoot wolves with paintballs to protect the public.
The decision has been made because local authorities are worried that the wolves could pose a danger.
Wolves in the wild usually stay away from humans, but a video on social media showed a wolf strolling straight past a family in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. A spokesperson said: “We’re dealing with wolves that have become too tame.”
It’s hoped that shooting paintballs at the wolves will make them scared of humans again and ensure that they stay at least 30m away.
It also means that rangers can see which wolves have already been hit. Animal protection association De Faunabescherming says the wolves have become so tame because park officials have been feeding them, but the park denies this claim.