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Grey wolf makes a comeback in France

6 September 2011 Last updated at 12:17 BST

The grey wolf, hunted almost to extinction in France in the 1930s but protected as an endangered species, is making a surprising comeback.

Some 200 wolves have colonised the southern regions of France, divided into around 20 packs. They are believed to have crossed from Italy in the mid-1990s and they are moving ever further north.

This year there have been almost 600 attacks, in which more than 2,000 sheep have been killed. That constitutes a rise of 20% on the same period last year.

From the Hautes Alpes in Provence, Christian Fraser has this report.