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Wolves Found In Rome After Over A Century

It was more than a century already when we last saw wolves roaming around the borders and territory of the Italian capital. Wolves have played an important part in Rome’s founding myth. The symbol of the city is a female wolf suckling two infants who are said to be the brothers Remus and Romulus.

And now, after more than a hundred years, two mature cubs have been captured on camera earlier last month outside the busy three-lane ring road not far from the international airport of the city, the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.

As stated by the local wildlife protection group, they set up a hidden camera in a nature reserve at Castel di Guido known as Oasi Lipu situated just outside the city. This nature reserve is being managed and run by the Italian League for the Protection of Birds (LIPU). The two wolf pups were photographed while drinking from a watering hole. They were also captured loping through the protected area’s undergrowth.

According to biologists, they believe that at least two wolf adults and two mature cubs are living in the nature reserve. Researchers named the male adult Romulus. They also believe that the pair of mature wolves have arrived in the vicinity somewhere from the areas around the northern part of Rome, specifically from Lake Bracciano, where the species have been living despite being pushed towards extinction.

Back then, it was just normal for us to see wolves in and around the city. However, due to excessive hunting and human interaction, the numbers of wolves living in Rome was greatly reduced over time. In order to survive, the wolves were forced to live only in one area, specifically in the mountain areas of central Italy.

Italy used to encourage haunting of wolves until their number has dropped to around 100 in the 1970s in entire Italy. In 1971, wolves are given protected status. Since then, their population has grown to around 1,500 to 2,000 all throughout Italy. A large percentage of the population is living in the Alps as well as in the Apennines.

Many people in Rome are getting worried about the threat that these species can pose to their livestock. However, people should not worry about wolves killing their livestock because according to the recent study and analysis of their excreta, their diet exclusively includes eating wild boar which can abundantly be found roaming around the countryside.

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