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Sweden culls its resurgent wolves; Critics claim hunt is illegal

[large thumbnail url=”sweden-culls-its-resurgent-wolves-critics-claim-hunt-is-illegal” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”04″] [thumbnail icon url=”sweden-culls-its-resurgent-wolves-critics-claim-hunt-is-illegal” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”04″] The BBC is reporting that Sweden may have killed as many as two-thirds of their wolf hunt quota, and injured several more, on the day of their wolf hunt.

According to the BBC website:

More than half the quota of 27 may have died on the first day alone with nine shot dead in Dalarna and up to nine killed in Varmland, Swedish radio says.

Hunters have until 15 February to complete the cull, which will leave Sweden with an estimated 210 wolves.

Some 10,000 hunters were reported to be planning to take part in the hunt.

Hunting in the county of Dalarna was halted as the county’s individual quota was nine wolves.

This is in response to the Swedish government stating that the numbers of wolves in the country were too high, at which point they authorized the first wolf hunt in the country in over 45 years.

The BBC story also highlighted criticism of the government’s decision:

the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation was critical of the decision to proceed with the cull, saying it was against EU legislation as the Swedish wolf population had not reached a healthy level.

 Read the entire BBC article: Sweden culls its resurgent wolves

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