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.