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Saturday, 14 February, 1998, 07:39 GMT
Russia's wolves get big on reindeer

Officials in northern Siberia have warned that the livelihood of the region's reindeer-herders is under serious threat from the growing number of wolves.

The officials said the wolf population in Russia's northern territories had increased more than five-fold since 1992, and that the wolves had killed more than one-thousand reindeer last month alone.

Correspondents say Russia's wolf-culling programme - which was carried out by helicopter - has been seriously curtailed by shortage of money.

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