Animals and Birds - Life in Medieval Days

Yes, there were once wolves in England - but with the island being relatively small, they did not have many places to hide. They were completely wiped out in the main part of England by about 1500. Some remained in pockets in Scotland and Ireland, but those were all gone by 1800. Wolves were of course a great menace to medieval travelers and villagers, with their strong bodies and sharp teeth.

Traditionally everybody talks about St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland, which stands for him converting pagans to Christians. There really are no snakes in Ireland, though! There are snakes in England.

If you're in the US, keep in mind that there are animals native to the US not found in other locations. Interestingly, the skunk is one of those! The skunks seem so ubuquitous in the US that it's important to remember that they are unique to this location.

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