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Wolf prowls through Swedish family's garden

The Local · 8 Mar 2012, 16:41

Published: 08 Mar 2012 16:41 GMT+01:00

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“I was shocked to see it – I’ve got young children who play out there. It’s lucky they weren’t out there at the time. I’m not happy at all,” Tobias Staflin told The Local.

It was at 8am on Sunday morning when Staflin saw a flash through the kitchen window.

He looked out into the garden and saw a cat that was running for its life. A wolf followed in hot pursuit.

“The cat ran up a tree, and the wolf just kind of waited around for it at the bottom. He lost interest after a while, and just started walking around the garden and sniffing things. That’s when I took the picture,” Staflin said.

This is not the first sighting of the creatures in the area either, according to Staflin. Neighbours have reported seeing a pair of wolves the previous week, a few hundred metres from his house, which Staflin believes could mean there are even more members of the pack.

However, Staflin claims he’s never seen a wolf in the area before, and finds the incident highly unusual.

“I’m worried for my kids,” he said.

“They’ve seen the picture, but they don’t understand. They’re not afraid at all, they think it’s just a dog”.

In terms of the next step, Staflin told The Local that he had spoken with the county council and left the matter in their hands.

Meanwhile, Staflin isn't taking his chances.

"I don't know what will end up happening with the wolf, but I won’t be letting the kids play outdoors for a while," he said.

Wolves are a protected species in Sweden, and their population is estimated at around 250.

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After Swedish wolves became extinct in the 1970s, they were reintroduced from Finland; however the low numbers have resulted in widespread inbreeding, and often deformed and weakened wolves.

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Your comments about this article

19:03 March 8, 2012 by bramblebush
EEEEEK a wolf! Leave it alone and it will trot off to greener pastures...er...forests...
19:03 March 8, 2012 by johan rebel
What an idiot!

Wolves don't eat children.
19:55 March 8, 2012 by OUIJA
Poor wolf! In the middle of a Swedish family's garden. What did he do to deserve such a punishment?
20:51 March 8, 2012 by Rishonim
I am surprise he didn't shoot it. You know how these hill-billies love to kill things just because they are different. Like the fool who shot the rare albino elk last year just to get bragging rights.
20:54 March 8, 2012 by lewni
poor lil guy...
21:18 March 8, 2012 by OUIJA
I do not think he would have tried to shoot it. I am quite sure he would have shot his own foot.

I hope it left the area before the people there were able to catch him and make a wolf ragout for the weekend.
08:29 March 9, 2012 by nolikegohome
if dingos eat children wolves can eat children too so can dogs better catch the animal before someone gets hurt
09:09 March 9, 2012 by Da Goat
@ Johan Rebel

bad case of pedodontism there (foot in mouth) a bit hypocritical !

given half a chance a hungry wolf will eat a child lucky for both the wolf and child they don't often get the opportunity is the reality!

this is my only concern, the wolves are totaly fine as long as they don't move into town then they are trouble.

seems this one may have developed a taste for pussy cat.
11:12 March 9, 2012 by John.Smith
He was on the prowl for some pussy.
12:02 March 9, 2012 by flintis
Looks a bit small to be a wolf!!
12:32 March 9, 2012 by strixy
This guy is an ignorant. If the wolf saw his kid it would have never entered the agrden int he first place. Wolves are horrified of people, it is a mechanism they have developed to survive. otherwise all of them would have been shot a long time ago.

All it means is that there is not enoughf ood in the forest for the poor wolves. Maybe local hunters have done too much of 'good' job this year? First shoot all deers and rabbits and then, when hungry wolves emerge from thr woods, shoot them too! This sickens me.
13:02 March 9, 2012 by GLO
Wow, a Wolf, in Sweden?????
14:05 March 9, 2012 by rohermoker
I have wolf's on my property in northern Minnesota. I do not worry about the kids, or mysellf, but watch the dogs and cats, they will eat them, they are part of the food chain, and roaming cats compete for the same rabbits and mice the wolf's eat.
17:28 March 9, 2012 by strixy
read this:


One of many examples that the fear of people is relativel new and developed to avoid the species' extinction.

I have met a young wolf male in the woods once. He was running faster than I was and in the opposite direction.
20:35 March 11, 2012 by mcarroll1
A wolf killed and partially ate a young woman in Alaska recently and another wolf pack chased and menaced a trio of women out jogging - not exactly evidence of wolves being scared of humans. If the wolves are injured, deformed or reduced in hunting capacity through inbreeding they will starve and try for easy food such as cats, dogs or perhaps children. In the wild in healthy populations it is virtually unheard of but if one appears in your backyard do you carry out a forensic examination of its health and state of nutrition while your kids play and run about in front of the wolf or grab your rifle.
18:28 March 13, 2012 by Wolfscat
Staflin it looks like you are facing the same problem we are having in the US/ Lincoln, Montana. Non Native Canadian wolves were shoved down our throats too. Seems like the folks that are making negative comments do not have the slightest idea how wolves live in the wild. I too have wolves hunting near my home and I also fear for my Grandchildren. Just 2 years ago a young female jogger was killed by a pack of wolves and partially devoured. One wolf held her by the throat while the othere disembowed her. The 56 wolves that are now hunting in our 50 sq mile valley have just about wiped out all the wild game and now are looking for prey in our rural neighborhood. We too have misinformed wolf lusters that have watched too many Disney movies. Soon one of these wolf loving idiots will lose a family member to wolves. When they hear the screams of their loved one, they will wish they would have helped you instead of voicing their misinformed, sensless and insane comments.Canadian wolves were never endangered and they were never native to our state. We now shoot the wolves that stray too near our home. I have written permission from our Governor to do this. Remember most planted wolves have collars or imbedded chips that help authorities track them. A dead wolf floating in a river voids most tracking devices. You are responsible for the protection of your family and as a Father/Grandfather I know how you feel. Do not listen to the insane blatherings of the wolf loving idiots on this site. I say if they do not have a dog in the fight they should keep their pie holes shut. For those that want to know the truth about the way of wolves you need to look at the Lobowatch site. In Google search, just type in (Lobowatch) and the site will be found. I recommend all the people that have made negative comments here to look at this site here. You folks only have 250 wolves we have 1500 in Montana and we are now having a wildlife disaster. You folks need to get a handle on wolf numbers now or you too will be wishing you would have. After they kill all the wildlife they will be eating your pets, livestock and then your children.
05:12 March 15, 2012 by oldonpalouse
Wolfscat: Live near Spokane and we have begun to see them. 'Wolf lusters' is a good term. Send the wolves to their suburban areas.

Thanks for the experienced comments. Not many here on the Local.
16:27 March 16, 2012 by bramblebush
As is illustrated by the "Big Bad Wolf" propagators like Mccarroll1 and Wolfscat, man always gets creative in his quest to justify it's bloodthirsty desire to kill animals. The scientific facts of the matter do not support their pro hunting propaganda where aggressive wolves are concerned. As for the cases that Mccarroll1 refers, a case of a hand fed wolf and a case of hysterical women who percieved they were being chased. Humans have been socalized by the fairy tales and Hollywood's protayal of the "Big Bad Wolf"
14:51 May 12, 2012 by Harry Grouse
Ever hears the saying never cry wolf!?
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