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Friday, January 1, 2010

Sweden is to cull its resurgent grey wolf population...

Sweden is to cull its resurgent grey wolf population...

Grey wolves have made a comeback since hunting was banned
Sweden is to launch its first wolf cull in 45 years, following a decision by parliament to control the species' numbers.

Some 10,000 hunters are reported to be planning to take part - hoping to get a rare opportunity to bag a wolf.

But it is thought there are only about 180-220 wolves in Sweden, and the Environmental Protection Agency has said only 27 can be shot.

Hunters insist there are measures to prevent them shooting too many.

"There's a lot of regulation, hunters have to check the quota every hour," Gunnar Gloersson, of the Swedish Hunters Association, told Radio Sweden.

Nevertheless, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation is critical of the decision, claiming it is against EU legislation as the Swedish wolf population has not reached a healthy level.

A formal complaint will be issued to the EU Commission, Radio Sweden says.

The hunt will start on 2 January and end before the mating season begins in mid-February.

Culling wolf population in Sweden

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At January 2, 2010 at 5:33 AM , Blogger ~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I know you know very well that wolves are such an asset because of their contributions to ecology. There is so much to benefit from in their restored populations...I wish this was more understood and had more support...

At January 3, 2010 at 7:26 AM , Blogger Ken said...

We have the very same situation here in Minnesota. The gray wolf has made a comeback, not everyone likes it, especially farmers. They wre recently de-listed from the endangered species list, but the government was sued, and they were put back on. In Minnesota, we commonly call gray wolves "Timber Wolves."

At January 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM , Blogger Eric said...

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