Grey Wolves

Europe was once inhabited by large numbers of grey wolves.  Fear perpetuated by religion, Aesop’s fables and other folklore drove wolves to extinction in many countries after hundreds of years of persecution.  Recent legal protection and improved management are allowing current numbers to increase in various countries.  Wolf sightings occur more and more frequently in countries where wolves have been absent for more than a hundred years, showing that the population is expanding beyond strongholds in Russia and other remote wilderness.

Wolves are variously protected and hunted/trapped as furbearing animals throughout Europe.


European wolves in the news:

May 12, 2023

British species facing their ‘biggest threat in a generation’, say leading nature groups

April 21, 2023

Norway landmark ruling sees five jailed over wolf hunting


January 16, 2023

Soviet collapse was bad for wildlife


January 15, 2023

Sweden gives go-ahead to controversial wolf cull


January 8, 2023

Are wolves on the loose in Sweden’s capital?


December 23, 2022

Swedish wolf hunt put on hold after protests


December 17, 2022

Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy: The misuse of wolf research by Swedish politicians should be a warning to all biodiversity scientists


December 12, 2022

Wolves and Bears Stage Comeback in Crowded, Urban Europe


November 27, 2022

Sheep flock to Eiffel Tower as French farmers cry wolf


November 19, 2022

PETA launches campaign to save Lapland’s wolves


November 6, 2022

Wolves roaming wild in Denmark for first time in 200 years


May 16, 2023

‘No ecological reason’ against reintroducing wolves


December 22, 2022

The wolf returns: Call of the wild

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Maor says:

    Thank you that is so kind of you ! The wolves here are truly under siege and untfnturaoely the hate seems to be spreading across the country. More and more people are learning of their plight however and though things haven’t gotten better for the wolves yet , I truly believe that the tide is beginning to turn.

    • Rushikesh says:

      I would like to coemmnt on Michael Yarnes coemmnt from Feb. 17. For someone that seems to feel that he is highly educated on wolves apparently has never been around them. Come to Gardiner,Mt. and tell the Outfitters and Ranchers and Hunters that the decline in the Yellowstone Park Elk Herd is everything but the Wolf. Im sure that you will get an ear full. Gardiner used to be the best place to elk hunt before the wolves, now hardly anybody hunts there. Thier used to be 2,500 late hunt cow permits and 150 late hunt bull permits and the herd kept growing. Now it’s 150 cow permits and 35 bull permits with the possiblity that these will be terminated. The herd has been redused by almost two thirds of what it was before the wolves, so forgive us in Montana,Wyoming and Idaho for not liking coemmnts like yours .

  • Firoj says:

    I am very disturbed by the wolf deapdertion that has taken place in Idaho, Montana, and appears to be spreading to other states like my own-Washington. Please keep up your fight for the wolves in Idaho; you are doing the right thing! I will be mailing you a check to support your efforts!Mrs. K

  • Spencer says:

    I was at the Wolf People place right after that cub was born, it was maybe 1 week or 2 old. It’s was very sickly and nerlay hairless, except for the Mohawk. Good to see it making progress. That is a very cool place.

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