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First Wolf Cubs Born Wild in Bavarria in Over 150 Years

posted Sep 4, 2017, 10:17 PM by chloe owens

8/15/17, by Christine Lepisto, Treehugger

First wolf cubs born wild in Bavarria in over 150 years

A wolf family with three young has been caught on camera in the Bavarian National Forest Park in southern Germany. In the land where the Brothers Grimm once filled folk with fear of the Big Bad Wolf, but which the newest science now claims is the single geographic origin of domesticated dogs, our beloved companions, one can only expect the news of the first wild-born litter of wolf cubs to meet with mixed reviews. But farmers’ organizations support more aggressive measures, and the Bavarian agricultural minister, Helmut Brunner, promptly spoke in favor of relaxing the endangered species protections, even extending to culling wolves if necessary, according to German news Die Welt. Wolves have been seen in Bavaria since 2006, usually lone wolves passing through. And the German state has had a management plan in place since 2007, which involves the input of all affected parties. In recent years, the efforts to make the environment attractive again to these animals that once roamed the region widely have paid off, with a number of wolves establishing themselves in the area.