The longer I live in our forest home, the more strongly I feel that we merely share this environment with myriads of other living creatures, from the tiniest of ants to the hulking sanglier who crash through our fences. No one who has heard the plaintive call of a fox at night from the dark woods, could object to restoring the natural fauna and rewilding our environment so that we all live in balanced harmony. Clearly the presence of humans will always affect that balance, but we can try to reduce our impact. "But," I hear you say, " if there were a wolf prowling in your vicinity, would you not be afraid?" We walk amongst sanglier every day, though we rarely see them. Scare stories of attacks on people abound in the U.K. where populations of wild boar are increasing. But that is poppycock. On one occasion in France I was confronted by an enormous male sanglier who stood between me and the gate as I returned home from walking our dog. Simba was occupied elsewhere. The sanglier and I regarded each other warily, as I weighed up what to do next. Should I carefully back away? In the event it was the sanglier who took fright, and headed off into the woods at pace. I don't believe that wolves would pose any greater threat.