We are home to three young male grey wolves, located near to the Pinewood camping site. Whilst numbers of the grey wolf are relatively high in the wild, it inhabits a smaller portion of its former range because of widespread destruction of its habitat.
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Wolves are an enigmatic and charismatic species surrounded in myth and for centuries they have been the subject of persecution. In fact wolves had been eradicated in much of their home range by man. This conflict stemmed from hundreds of years of stories, fairy tales, miseducation, livestock predation and a dislike for the wolf generally.
The grey wolf, however, is a very adaptable animal and is repopulating much of its former range. It is among the most widespread of all mammals. A highly social species and a strong pack hunter the wolf uses its tenacious attitude and superior power and energy to take down prey much larger than itself.
Wolves and man can live in harmony in the modern world, with countries and governments offering subsidies to farmers for losses of livestock in order to prevent retaliation on the wolf. The Aspinall Foundation is a supporter of trying to find a way to bring wolves back to the wild in the U.K.