Wolves have returned to the territory of Moldova after 40 years of their absence, with more than 20 predators seen in several areas of the country, Moldovan Deputy Environmental Minister Lazar Chirica said on Wednesday.
He added that the appearance of wolves should not cause panic among local residents as no cases of attacks have been reported yet.
"Conversely, restoring this species will help to regulate the number of sick stray dogs and cats, and especially foxes, which are very dangerous for people and pets", Chirica said.
According to the laboratory chief in the Moldovan Zoology Institute, Andrei Munteanu, the wolves entered Moldova from Ukraine and Romania.
"We are continuing to monitor the situation to determine whether wolves are just migrating across the country or will [remain and] multiply," he said.
CHISINAU, January 19 (RIA Novosti)