Public warned after pack of wolves released into Suffolk countryside

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Wolf pack released into the Suffolk countryside

A pack of wolves is being released into the Suffolk countryside as part of a project to return native species to the United Kingdom.

The wild animals will be introduced to Knettishall Heath, near Thetford, where it is hoped they will settle and breed successfully.

Experts say dog walkers in the area should keep their pets on a lead, while small children will be encouraged to remain in the car.

The six wolves will be released on April 25, after which local farmers worried about their livestock will be urged to check their animals regularly and report any that go missing.

The last wolf in the UK was shot centuries ago, but there have been growing demands for them to return after successful “rewilding” of beavers and wildcats.

A main benefit of bringing back the fearsome animals will be to help bring the booming number of wild deer under control, which in turn will benefit numerous plants and trees.

Heathland in Suffolk was selected as the ideal wolf habitat, given that the area around Knettishall Heath is relatively quiet with only a few nearby homes and just one primary school.

Wolf in SuffolkOn the prowl: one of the wolves being released in Suffolk

Mr Graham Jenkins, project director at the Wolf Conservation Society, said: “It’s fair to say the wolf has had something of a bad press in the UK, even after they were hunted to oblivion.

“But they can play a vital role in the ecosystem of the countryside, keeping rabbits and the exploding deer population under control.”

Wolf sign in SuffolkHowling success: Sign tells the news

Mr Jenkins added: “The wolves have been reared at a private zoo near Bristol, and will be monitored initially using satellite tracking as they settle into the Suffolk countryside. We urge the public not to be inquisitive and go looking for them.

“If you did encounter one of the Suffolk wolves, do not look scared, turn away or run, as this might, in rare circumstances, encourage an attack. Instead, calmly back away while not staring at the animal directly.

“Perhaps carry a flare gun in the countryside as an added safety measure.”

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  1. Hole in one

    May 9, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I would urge the repopulation of these splendid animals around golf courses, it would help to keep the membership numbers down and save on the costs of collecting golf balls.

  2. Nick

    April 18, 2017 at 1:20 am

    fabulous idea, perhaps they could be introduced into Christchurch park as well to keep the booming population of highly aggressive squirrels in check?

  3. Terry batchelor

    April 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Love to see some wolves bring some to dunwich forest it is fenced of there I would love to see them beautiful animals

  4. Olstathebolsta

    April 12, 2017 at 10:45 am

    This is quite clearly a spoof article, based on a April Fool’s hoax poster that was put up at Knettishall heath. I’m stunned that people think it’s true!

    Even if it were true that wolves were being released in Suffolk (which they’re not), they are NOT the savage beasts that they are perceived to be. The chances of being attacked is very, very small indeed. You are far more likely to be attacked by a domesticated dog (which attack and kill people very frequently all over the world).

    Time for people to actually do some research and get over this ridiculous fear of a magnificent animal.

    • Eddie

      April 12, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Maybe time for someone to “actually do some research” and find out what the Suffolk Gazette is.

      • Olstathebolsta

        April 13, 2017 at 10:19 am

        Yes, that too!

  5. Suffolk Wildlife Trust Ltd

    April 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Hi Craig and Alison, this story was put out there by someone on April 1st! There are definitely no plans to release wolves anywhere in Suffolk.

    All the best

    Suffolk Wildlife Trust

    • The Editor

      April 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Dear Mr Wildlife Trust,

      This story must be true – we were getting reports of a little girl in a red cape looking for her granny only yesterday. Maybe it was just over the border in Norfolk?

      The Editor

      • Admiral Nelson

        April 13, 2017 at 6:17 am

        Dear Mr editor of the Suffolk future toilet paper ( well in Suffolk lo) no the little girl in the red cape was definitely from Suffolk……..she couldn’t speak proper English like what we do here in God’s county, life can be rather cheap here in Norfolk that’s true but I suppose looking up at us from your position of worthlessness you probably feel envy lol ps could you find it in your heart to take my Brother in law back into your fold, we have been working to educate him for a while now with poor results although he can now wipe his own nose on the curtains, he has had expensive surgery to remove one of his heads but we fear the one with any sense was amputated, well all the very best to you and your compatriots mind you don’t stand in any wolf poo ??

  6. Craig

    April 12, 2017 at 10:24 am

    What about all the protected ground nesting birds? What about the families who play in the water and have barbeques etc.. Has someone lost their mind? This is a lovely place to walk your dog and exercise, sadly fear will put people off.

  7. Alison

    April 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Really! What about all of the families that go to the Heath with small children, have they all got to carry a flare gun. Youngsters that camp out there?

  8. Rudolph Hucker

    April 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    This will be a howling success

    • The Editor

      April 12, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Dear Mr Hucker,

      Hopefully most of them will go to Norfolk, where life is cheaper.

      The Editor

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