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Wolves, once confined to fairy tales, are back in Germany, stirring debate

By Loveday Morris and Kate Brady

13 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. Wolves were virtually extinct in Germany for over a century but are flourishing again due to protections extended during German reunification. Their numbers have increased more than sixfold in the past decade to about 1,300 wolves.

LÜNEBURG HEATH, Germany - At first Nancy Denecke couldn't figure out why the sheep were panicking.

"It took me a moment to realize what was coming out of the forest," said the 37-year shepherdess, recounting one eventful day last summer in northwest Germany.

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