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First Wolves in Thirty Years Seen in East Iceland

posted May 23, 2018, 9:58 PM by chloe owens

4/1/2018, by Iceland Monitor

First wolves in thirty years seen in East Iceland

Three wolves were sighted in Loðmundarfjörður, East Iceland on Saturday. This is the first wolf sighting for almost thirty years and wolves were thought to be extinct in Iceland. 

Professor Jón Þór Antonsson at the Iceland Institute for Nature believes that the wolves had possibly descended from the remote highlands into the fjord where they were sighted by local farmers. 

The animals were probably starving and looking for sheep or reindeer. Local police were alerted. 

Wolves were numerous in Iceland at the time of settlement in the ninth century and feature in both pagan mythology and folklore.

They were, however, slowly killed off by farmers protecting their livestock.