Three Top Places To See Wolves In Europe
Are you crazy about canines? The wolf is a majestic, magnificent creature with an unfair reputation. Wolves are known as fierce animals with a thirst for killing thanks to endless stories, films, books and even fairy tales depicting them this way. This article will show how misunderstood they are and outline the top places to see wolves in Europe.
In reality, Wolves are actually very wary of people, and aren’t aggressive towards humans by nature, unless they are forced to defend themselves. In most cases they will try and avoid humans at all costs. Wolf attacks are the rarest of all large predatory attacks.
Their introduction in many areas has caused controversy, especially in relation to wolves upsetting farmers by killing their livestock and threatening their livelihood. A study in Spain showed that 80% of domestic livestock mortality was due to Wolves. There’s currently a debate over whether to reintroduce wolves in Scotland. Read about the debate on Wilderness Scotland.
But wolves are important to our forests and lands in many ways. They are at the top of the food chain, and keep the population of other animals in check. Wolves and Humans, a charity supporting this says that the ‘reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish Highlands would have significant ecological benefit by limiting numbers of red deer, reducing the need for costly deer culls and allowing natural regeneration of the Caledonian pine forest.’ Here’s some more reasons why having wolves around can be a good thing.
For wolf enthusiasts, spotting a wolf in the wild in its natural environment is the absolute dream. Picture yourself in the great outdoors, wandering through the wilderness when you stumble upon a lone wolf, or even better an entire wolf pack. If you do spot a wolf, be respectful and keep your distance so that you don’t disturb them or put yourself in danger.
We’ve picked our top places to see wolves in Europe.
1.The French Alps
Did you know you can spot wolves in the French alps? This winter wolf tracking trip gives you the chance to spot wolves who reside in this region of France.
Wolves in this area were hunted to extinction in the 1930’s, but gradually wolves from Italy have repopulated the area. This trip enables you to go off piste with a wolf tracking expert and learn about wolf behaviour and how to identify and interpret animal tracks, plus hopefully spot a wolf! Find out more here.
Or, you could head on a nordic wilderness adventure in Kainuu, Finland. Trek through remote pine forests, get involved in the conservation of the forest and keep an eye out for the wildlife, which includes wolves. On this trip you also get to learn how to track bears and take part in husky grooming. Find out more here.
The last of our top places to see wolves in Europe is in Central Sweden. Uncover central Sweden’s wildlife on this epic trip . Here you will find Sweden’s densest population of wolves. The guide will take you on a walk through known wolf territory and into the densely forested region of Bergslagen, a top wildlife spotting location. Find out more here.
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