Wolves are prowling into Western Europe in their largest numbers for more than a century after a spate of mysterious sheep massacres has spread fear through farms across the continent.
Scientists in Holland made the revelation after a mysterious creature found dead by the side of a road was revealed to be the country's first wolf in 150 years.
There are now fears that the fanged animal could even arrive on British shores amid claims it has already begun migrating from its traditional Eastern European heartland into vast swathes of Germany and parts of the Netherlands.
"Most European countries have signed the 1979 Berne convention, which prohibits the killing of wolves," Vanessa Ludwig, a biologist who monitors the growing wolf population in Germany's Lausitz region, told The Independent.
"In Europe, the wolf is at the top of the predatory chain. It has no enemies except humans. We have not reached the legal limit in wolf numbers, which would allow for culling, so the species is, by its nature, destined to spread across the continent," she added.
Scientists attribute the rise of wolves in Western Europe to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 when they were made a protected species.
Wolves started entering Lausitz from Poland in the 1990s using rusting machinery and vast and desolate former Soviet training grounds left over from the Cold War as their home.
The first clue that wolves were breeding in Germany came in 2000 when an infra-red camera picked up a male and female caring for a tiny cub for the first time. Germany's "last wolf" was shot dead in 1904 while Britain has not seen one on its shores for more than 200 years.
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Reprinted in part from MailOnline