Poland celebrates wolves’ return 50 years after being exterminated by Communists

Wolves have returned to a large national park on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, decades after they were wiped out there under a hunt launched by the communist authorities.

We’re really happy,” said Magdalena Kamińska, spokeswoman for the 150sq mile (385sq km) Kampinos national park, Poland’s second largest. “The fact that wolves have returned to our park, from which they completely disappeared in the 1960s, means that nature is in good health and is renewing itself.

Park employees spotted a first wolf in 2013, but the animal was just passing through.

Now there are several and they appear to have settled in for the long haul, Kamińska said.

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