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Call to bring back wolves in Ireland rejected

It is believed the last wolf in Ireland was killed in 1786

A CALL for wolves to be reintroduced to Ireland as part of a rewilding initiative has been rejected by the government.

The last wolf in the country was killed near Mount Leinster in 1786.

Yesterday, Green Party leader in the Republic Eamon Ryan called for wolves to be brought back.

Mr Ryan said their reintroduction would create a real sense of wilderness and help develop more resilient woodlands.

However, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said her department has no plans to revive the species.

In a tweet, she said returning a large predator that had been absent for 250 years might "undermine existing conservation programmes".

She also said they would cause considerable damage to farming.

Meanwhile, a Dáil motion, being brought forward by the Greens, is calling for a switch to more natural woodlands, according to RTÉ.

"It is now time to change our ways and restore nature in every Irish landscape, neighbourhood, farm, home and street," Mr Ryan said.

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