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Sweden to allow wolf hunting for first time in 45 years

[large thumbnail url=”montana-extends-public-comment-phase-regarding-wolf-hunts” filename=”news” year=”2009″ month=”12″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”montana-extends-public-comment-phase-regarding-wolf-hunts” filename=”news” year=”2009″ month=”12″ day=”09″] For the first time in nearly a half a century, Sweden will allow wolf hunting after a decision to limit the country’s wolf numbers.

In the next week or so, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will announce what the quota will be for this years hunt. The number is expected to be between 20 and 40 wolves, and, according to officials, is a range provided to them by experts.

The hunting is expected to be permitted in five regions of the country. These provinces are primarily in the middle of  Sweden with a couple of areas on the western side of the country.

According to a decision from the Swedish government made in October, the country will limit their entire population to 210 wolves. Approximately 20 packs. Idaho will kill more wolves this year than the entire country of Sweden has within its borders – which was estimated to be between 182 and 217 wolves last winter. Sweden is the fourth largest country in Europe, and is a little larger in land size than California.

The reasoning behind the hunt is likely to be controversial. The justification given by authorities is that by maintaining the wolf population at this level, it will raise the public’s acceptance of the animals. The plan includes maintaining these numbers for the next five years.

According to the Associated Foreign Press report, the hunt is expected to start in January and end before the mating season, in mid-february. The AFP report also reveals that the regions selected by the Swedish for wolf hunting are the areas where wolves have been reproducing.

The Swedish almost hunted wolves to extinction in the 1970s.

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