Here is an interesting article on the comeback of wolves in France. As has been the case in the USA, while many appreciate the presence of these “mystical animals”: “Most people in France have welcomed the return of the wolf. It is a beautiful, mystical animal” says Remy Saunier, the chief wolf catcher for the area; others, especially sheep farmers who are losing their flock, have begun to complain.
Recently a group of 200 wolves has been causing damage in the Haut Alps of France, this pack apparently has its origins among wolves that crossed over from Italy. But since 2001 there have been reports, a protests of their presence, with a human attack in 2001. Another farmer killed a wolf in 2003 and a row ensued.