Anyone else see this?
BBC iPlayer - Wolfland: Episode 1
Done in Irish but still pretty good. A lot of stuff I didn't know, like f.ex the correlation with European warrior wolf hordes in early Irish society. Thought they could have done it more as a nature documentary though. Still none the wiser as to where the main concentration of wolves existed, how local populations protected live stock from them etc. The wolfhound, for instance, who bred that animal? The man from the RIA was interesting showing dog and wolf skulls found in caves arund Ireland in the early 20th century. Did learn the last wolf was killed somewhere near Carlow in the late 18th century.
Anyway towards the end they touched on the idea of reintroducing the wolf into Ireland, like they did in Germany and some other places but due to the size of the island, our wide open spaces for farming it doesn't seem suitable for a large predator like the wolf. Wolves rarely attack humans, or at least healthy wolves (i.e. ones not infected with rabies) but no doubt they'd be opportunistic attacks on sheep and cattle which would have the phones of Liveline red hot within weeks with furious farmers in Co. meath. Still though, the idea is appealing and there's a lot of countries with "dangerous" animals living in close proximity with humans and agriculture. Not much happening the barren west...