By Fiacre Banks
December 14, 2016 5:46pm CST
Is it safe to put my bin out after midnight in winter? I'm not so sure. What if I meet a wolf in the snow out there, a lone, hungry wolf? White fur against miles of snow-covered pine forests, following the line of the trees until at the last moment he breaks cover and hurtles across the snow towards me - it doesn't bear thinking about, but then my wife always says I'm a hopeless awfuliser, and the last wolf in Ireland was shot in the early 1800s - I'm told.
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• Worcester, England
I'd love wolves to be reintroduced here but our respective countries are just way too small and overcrowded nowadays. When they put wolves back in a few parks in Canada and the US they were shot by ranchers so it'd be sure to fail here.
You should watch a Canadian movie called "The Grey" and decide after if you still want wolves. My grandmother was telling that she had been followed once by a lone wolf when she was coming back from school in the countryside during winter, and that it has been the greatest fear she ever had. It happened circa 1900.
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• Worcester, England
@topffer I've seen it a few times Attacks on humans by wolves are very very rare and often triggered by walkers with dogs or people who don't know how to act if confronted by a wolf. They are very shy creatures who don't actively seek out contact with humans.
@Mike197602 For the moment I have only wild boars in the woods of my area, and I have managed to not be attacked, but I would not like to learn that they have introduced a pack of wolves. They were reintroduced in the French Alps about 20 years ago. In 2005 they killed 2500 sheep and last year 9000. There was a protest of sheep farmers today in Paris : they came with a herd of sheep that they put in the garden of Tuileries. At least these sheep are safe.
• United States
I can relate. A neighbor just told us he saw a 450 pound black bear between our house and the creek. We know there are several near the pond behind our farm, but this news sure puts a halt to any plan to go outside after dark. Your story is much more romantic than mine.