Scientists in Denmark say that the country now has its first pack of wolves in more than 200 years.
Wolves hadn’t been seen in the country in two centuries until one was spotted in Jutland five years ago.
Now there appears to be a pair of wolves moving together in the region.
Dr Peter Sunde of Aarhus University said it would only be a matter of time before they mate.
“We expect that they will have cubs this year or the next,” he said, pointing out that if it’s the former, she’s probably in a den tending to young, as wolves tend to breed in spring.
The fact that the pair have been spotted together probably shows that there aren’t any pups yet, as the male would instead be hunting on its own.
The emergence of wolves in Denmark has become a cause for concern for farmers and animal breeders.
In February, there were appeals for action after a string of attacks on sheep in west Jutland were blamed on the predators. Last month six deer were killed at a deer park near a government-approved “wolf zone”.