London (AFP) Jan 31, 2007 The wolf died out in Britain two centuries ago but reintroducing the animal would bring environmental and economic benefits, according to a study released on Wednesday. It agrees with numerous landowners and green groups who are campaigning for the grey wolf to return to the Scottish Highlands, extending its European revival.
Environmental scientists led by Erlend Nilsen of the University of Oslo say that wolves would keep down numbers of red deer that, at the moment, have to be expensively culled to prevent overgrazing that damages trees, grass and shrubs.
In a study published by the Royal Society, Britain's de-facto science academy, Nilsen's team modelled the introduction in a highland area of three wolf packs, each comprising one dominant pair and two subordinates.
At first, deer numbers would fall swiftly and the numbers of wolves would rise. But t
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