Wolves at the Gates of Paris

Wolves are ‘at the gates of Paris’ according to one lupine watchdog as the predator regains ground around Europe Credit: Reuters /Alamy stock photo. Wolves are “at the gates of Paris”, it has been claimed, in the latest spectacular sign of the predator’s comeback in Europe.

Buoyed by conservation efforts, massive rural depopulation and the spread of scrub and forest around the continent, wolves are fanning out to new territories, with one spotted in the Belgium-Luxembourg border last month for the first time in 118 years.

The rise in numbers, which experts put at around 12,000 in Europe, have led to calls for the wolf to lose its “strictly protected” status.

With more than 9,000 sheep killed this year in France alone, farmers are taking increasingly radical action to protest against the rise of an animal they claim is killing off their way of life.

European grey wolves were hunted to extinction in France in the 1930s but in 1992, an alpha mating pair crossed the border from Italy. Since then, Canis lupus has spread throughout the Alps.

By: telegraph.co.uk