On the trail of the wolf, Europe’s much maligned and misunderstood predator

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When Poland banned wolf hunting, numbers doubled. But now animal scientists fear that politicians could turn back the clock.

Robert Mysłajek stops dead. Between two paw prints on a muddy mountain track, the scientist finds what he is looking for. “Scats!’’ he enthuses. Wolf sightings are so rare that a flash of faeces marks a good day, even for a seasoned tracker.

But it is getting easier. There are now an estimated 1,500 wolves in Poland. The number has doubled in 15 years. Wolves are – along with the brown bear, the lynx and the wolverine – Europe’s last large predator carnivores. Conservationists from Britain, Germany and the Netherlands are beating a path here to find out how the country has saved this protected species, slandered even in fairytales.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/02/wolf-maligned-predator-poland-carpathians 

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