Though American wolves were recently—and controversially—stripped of their protected status the, wolves in Europe are healthy and on the comeback. France's wolf population is steadily growing, up from 180 to 200 in the last year. Gray wolves went extinct in France in 1939 but have made a recovery following conservations efforts that began in southern France in the early 1990s. The current population is believed to have mirgrated from Italy, where a pocket of wolves escaped extinction, though some recent arrivals may have traveled north from Spain. For now, the human threat against wolves is low: since 1999, they have been a protected species under the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.
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