Wolves to be introduced into the Wicklow mountains – WicklowNews

David McConnon reports wolves are set to be introduced back into the wild, the pilot scheme is due to begin in Wicklow.Wolves once roamed over all of Ireland — a native apex predator influencing other animals and even the ecosystem itself.Wolves also captured our imagination, with plentiful tales throughout Celtic and later folklore. The ancient Irish had great respect — even affection — for the wolf, calling it “mac tíre”, meaning “son of the land”.But then, persecuted for centuries, the last known Irish wolf was shot in County Carlow in 1786.H.O.W.L. — the Hibernian Organisation of Wolves in the Landscape — proposes a small scale re-introduction of wolves to Ireland with a pilot programme in Wicklow National Park.

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