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Hunted to extinction but wolves survive to this day

sneil@obantimes.co.uk

EVERY October, just before folk don werewolf costumes at Hallowe’en, Wolf Awareness Week is held.

It celebrates one of the world’s most controversial species, historically vilified to extinction in Argyll, Lochaber and later Scotland as a whole, but now so ecologically valued there is talk of reintroducing them.

The Eurasian wolf, the world’s largest wild canid and most widely distributed mammal, roamed freely across North America, most of Asia and Europe, including Scotland, until they were hunted to extinction by the 1740s.

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