Although common in quite many parts of Canada, the USA, eastern Europe and Finland, wolves are all but that in north-east Africa, Sweden, Norway and western Europe. Considered a pest in many countries, they are severely hunted.
When I was in Sweden in the nineties of the last century, I saw a report on wolves on a Norway broadcasting channel. Every time a wolf was shown, it was followed by a child playing on a field. A human child. The message was clear: beware of the big bad wolf. Take your children to school and inform the authorities whenever you see an entity with a big nose of suffer the consequences.
In the nineties, a few dozen wolves had recolonized parts of central Sweden. There were reports and articles on wolves all the time. In the region in which we was canoeing, we found out they were very close. Every morning, we inspected the area where we camped. We saw brown bear and wolf prints quite often, but herbivores are as nosy. Leaving clear prints in a spot they know we will use is saying hello. In the following year, the BBC came over for a documentary. A very nice one it was, but it had too much details. All wolves filmed disappeared within a year. Hit and run, poison, guns and you name it. A great pity, as the entire family was killed. In spite of that, wolves are now in most parts of Scandinavia and they seem to be doing ok. These wolves came from Russia and Finland. Those in Denmark are from Germany. Wolves in Belgium probably came from France, whereas those in the Netherlands came from Germany.
My experience in wild animals says carnivores, although inquisitive, will avoid humans in north-western Europe. When when they know about you, wolves will show themselves every now and then. In this respecct, they seem to be different from bears and wild cats. They have been photographed playing with dogs in Sweden.
The behaviour of wolves towards humans depends on circumstances and (wolf) culture. In some parts of the Baltic, Russia and India, wolves still hunt humans in lean times. Children most of the time, but adults have been killed and eaten in the Baltic and Russia. They had a bad reputation in the past over here as well (in some places, they killed children quite often), but times have changed. We will what happens. But the start over here wasn't good. The first wild wolf in over a century (adult female) was hit by a car and killed a few days ago (...). I'll post the article and a picture.
This thread is dedicated to wolves. Anyone with good information is invited to post it here.