From Radio Free Europe:

MORINO/SERYODKA, Russia — Colorful Christmas lights festoon the streets of the remote Pskov Oblast village of Morino from October until May. The cheerful decorations look more than passing strange against the background of ramshackle wooden houses and unpaved streets, but they serve a purpose.

Locals are convinced the bright and blinking decorations help keep the wolves away.

Wolves have been a growing nuisance in this corner of Russia for the last three years, but this year, locals say, the problem is worse than ever.

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