Naturalists in Berlin have sighted a pack of wolves and their cubs just 15 miles south of the German capital for the first time in more than 100 years.
The German office of the World Wildlife Fund said yesterday that farmers had alerted its field workers to the existence a wolf pack which appeared to have moved into a deserted former Soviet army military exercise area near the village of Sperenberg south of Berlin.
Since 1990 the number of wolf packs, comprising two parent wolves and usually cubs aged up to two years, is estimated to have risen to a total of 14 in Germany. Their presence is mostly confined to the former communist east. Mr Arnold said fear of wolves was unjustified as the animals were reclusive and shy of humans.