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Age-Old ‘Man v. Wolf’ Battles Are Back in Europe

posted Jan 17, 2014, 6:51 PM by chloe owens

1/11/14, by Julie Farrar, Worldcrunch

Age-Old ‘Man v. Wolf’ Battles Are Back in Europe

Wolves are not killed because they are grey, but because they eat sheep.” (Russian proverb) Who’s afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? Well, as it turns out, more than just the shepherds whose flocks get devoured.  In European culture, there is a deep-rooted negative image of the wolf, based on fear of attacks on humans – thanks to well-known children’s stories – combined with the loss of livestock, and therefore livelihood, to wolf depredation.  And over the past decade, as the number of members of the species has increased, humans are the ones on the attack…in the coastal forest of Tuscany, eight wolves have been killed since November – three in the last week alone. In these most recent kills, two of which were wolf-dog hybrids…