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Wolf spotted in Stockholm back garden

TT/The Local/bk · 26 Feb 2011, 15:49

Published: 26 Feb 2011 15:49 GMT+01:00

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Anna-Lena Holmberg nearly choked on her morning coffee early this morning as she saw a wolf walk past the corner of her house.

Anna-Lena couldn't believe her eyes. "It was completely empty and silent when he appeared. I have also heard howling during the night and seen large footprints" she told a reporter at TT.

Sweden's wolf population is officially numbered at 210. A controversial cull took place earlier this year to keep the numbers down and to diversify the gene pool, with new wolves being imported from Russia and Finland.

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Last year a number of wolf cubs were born in Rialareviret which is close to the village of Rimbo. These were the first wolf cubs to be born out of captivity in the county of Stockholm for 170 years.

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18:14 February 26, 2011 by rybo1
I'm sure that one will be at my front door, in Tumba, soon.
18:32 February 26, 2011 by Swedesmith
"I'm looking for the man who shot my paw," he said.
20:30 February 26, 2011 by loudasthunder
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21:12 February 26, 2011 by Rishonim
Hopefully the wolf's are looking for the government official who ordered the hunt on them.
00:05 February 27, 2011 by Gabin
00:55 February 27, 2011 by buschmann
99.99% of the wolfes in sweden walk on two legs, do they not?
05:14 February 27, 2011 by UScitizen
This is the one tha got away! The wolh hunt ended one short of the alloted kill quota. Now we know where he was hiding out, trying to save his skin!
09:10 February 27, 2011 by rise
I'm sure it'll soon be shot. Sadly there seems to be no room for other species than the human. Not it even in Sweden with all its big areas of wilderness.

The sociopathic people who are hunting wolves are only doing it for the kick. Or bears for that matter.
12:09 February 27, 2011 by Steggles
Oh no........the poor bugger will now be regarded as a threat to humans.

Another wolf hunt!
12:45 February 27, 2011 by Rick Methven
Saw one outside my house yesterday.

Big Black hairy creature, I could have been killed if the 5 year old with him hadn't had him on a lead
14:34 February 27, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Perhaps Wolfie could be given a posting in Germany to keep down the vandal boars?:

16:34 February 27, 2011 by Liquidmonkey

this article just shows how far away from nature we have stepped.

a shame really.
04:28 March 1, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Big deal. I saw a wolf about a km from my house not long ago. Also saw a black bear last summer. I'm so grateful to live in an area where these animals still thrive.

I'll bet the Swedish wolf siting was probably somebody's German Shepherd dog.
14:04 April 27, 2011 by rohermoker
I thought there were no wolf's left after the "Hunt" did the miss one?
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