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“For many looking back at the medieval world ‘lit only by fire’, the dark and treacherous woods of northern Europe provide an appropriate home for the clichéd wolf: a monstrous predator perpetually in search of victims, its behaviour ranging from quiet seduction to frenzied slaughter. The only response to this demon was utter hatred provoking complete extermination. On the other hand, for many supporters of wolf conservation, the animal’s role was relatively passive and it was the human response which was irrational and excessive.”  – Aleksander Pluskowski, from Wolves and the Wilderness in the Middle Ages

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