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Large Carnivores Gaining Ground in Europe: Study

A European wolf is pictured in a wildlife park in Hanau, Germany, on Dec. 18, 2014. Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found they have flourished on the continent, decades after being driven almost to extinction by hunting and the destruction of their habitat. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A European wolf is pictured in a wildlife park in Hanau, Germany, on Dec. 18, 2014. Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found they have flourished on the continent, decades after being driven almost to extinction by hunting and the destruction of their habitat. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN—Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe. Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found...




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