“The last wolf in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein was killed in 1820, but now a lone individual has returned. As the species begins to reestablish itself in the country, a leading expert assured SPIEGEL that Germans don’t need to fear the wolf.“
Hmm… dogs as small as dingoes are perfectly capable of killing a child. One wonders about the wisdom of allowing wild predators to re-infiltrate ‘safe’ regions given how urbanized people have become (not much “country sense” in townies, from what I can see).
For some 150 years wolves were extinct in Germany, but in the 1990s they began to return from Eastern Europe. Once reviled and feared, the shy animals have slowly begun to spread to the north and south, with 14 packs now on record in the country.
Late last month, the presence of a lone wolf was verified in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, where the last of its kind is believed to have been killed in 1820, the state Environment Ministry reported.
But there are still fears, particularly among livestock owners, about the renewed presence of the wolves. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Markus Bathen, 40, a wolf expert for the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), discusses how perceptions are changing and whether the animals pose a danger to humans.