The last Irish wolf.

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The last Irish wolf.

Post by April » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:33 pm

There is a book called the last Irish wolf. I havn't read it, but it looks intresting. Here is some information on the history of Irish wolves;

By 1786, wolves were exterminated in Ireland. Secreted in Irish woodlands, they had survived for 40 years longer than in Britain. But wolf bounties, introduced by Oliver Cromwell, prompted the arrival in Ireland of profit-seeking hunters from Britain and Europe. Coupled with deforestation and habitat destruction this hunting precipitated their demise. Once plentiful, Irish wolves receive a mention in Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' and are depicted in the 800AD Book of Kells. Irish wolfhounds and deerhounds are descendents of wolf-dog crosses.

Wolves are now a protected species in most European countries, even where they are absent in the wild, as is the case in Ireland. This means that if someone can sneak them into the country and establish a population, it would be illegal for anyone to kill them.

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Re: The last Irish wolf.

Post by XxXTsukiXxX » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:02 pm

Thanks for bringing this up April! I'm hoping that someone will bring wolves into Ireland, as I'd love to see then come into my own country..

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