Allan Olsen, who lives near the beach a few kilometres outside Esbjerg, was turning into his driveway one evening last week when he found himself face to face with a wolf standing just a few metres away.
"It was a wolf,” he told the Jydske Vestkysten newspaper. ”It was standing frozen just five metres from me, and the headlights lit it up. I was not in any doubt.”
After Olsen’s encounter, Carsten Thomsen the owner of the next door Rødhætte (Red Riding Hood) restaurant has come forward claiming to have seen wolf tracks in his garden, although he at the time told no one but his wife.
Olsen has reported his sighting to ulvetracking.dk, a voluntary body aiming to track the wolf's return to Denmark, and the Natural History Museum in Aarhus, whose researchers in November confirmed that wolves had established themselves in Denmark for the first time since they were eradicated in 1813 by piecing together all the footage taken by wildlife cameras, and DNA samples collected.
The researchers claimed that the wolf was now established through much of Jutland, particularly in the North, although as of yet they had only found traces of male wolves, meaning they do not yet know if any wolf packs or breeding pairs are roaming the countryside.