[Ed. – Parisians are being advised that these wolves “only eat four-legged animals.” Right. My advice? Never be caught alone and unarmed, and certainly not bleeding or injured, with one of these wolves in sight.]
French people have been told not to fear wolves roaming Paris streets – as “they only eat four-legged animals”.
Parisians are frightened that the endangered beasts – which have fought back from near extinction in the 1930s – are now within howling distance of the capital.
Indeed the discovery of paw prints, messy droppings and late-night howls from wolves – a distant relative of the domestic pet dog – are reported to be a now frequent occurrence in the city’s suburbs.
While they are known to normally hunt in packs – when they are notoriously most dangerous – only lone wolves have been spotted so far wandering its streets.
Experts and eyewitnesses claim they are freely roaming French ‘departments’ (an administrative district) of Yvelines and Essone in Île-de-France – which overlaps with the Paris metropolitan area in the south and west – at night.