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Critics speak out after Sweden’s wolf hunt ends

[large thumbnail url=”critics-speak-out-after-swedens-wolf-hunt-ends” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”critics-speak-out-after-swedens-wolf-hunt-ends” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”09″] It took only four days for hunters in Sweden to reach the quota set for the country’s first hunt in 45 years. Critics are slamming the government’s decision to hold the hunt, and how the hunt was carried out.

The quota for the hunt was 27. Hunters got two-thirds of the way to that total by the end of the first day. The reason given by the Swedish government for the hunt was that they wanted to keep the number of wolves in the country below 210 at least for the next five years. They believe that controlling the numbers agressively will improve public acceptance of the presense of wolves.

Critics are outspoken about the hunt, including it’s legality, the manner in which it was carried out and the impact on the wolf population of so many of the animals being killed in such a short time.

According to an article from the Associated Foreign Press…

“I think the hunt was carried out very quickly, there were too many kills all at once,” said Stig-Aake Svenson, head of the local branch of the environmental agency in the central Dalarna region where hunters killed 10 wolves instead of the nine allotted to the region.

There was also significant concern over the fact that several wolves were wounded by hunters before they were eventually killed…

“And across the entire country, seven wolves were first wounded before they were killed, and that’s a very high number. These are problems that need to be investigated ahead of a possible wolf hunt next year,” he told AFP.

The Swedish Parliament was also challenged legally…

“The hunt was totally out of control, the quota was even exceeded in Dalarna, and thousands of hunters were allowed to take part in the kill,” lamented Mikael Karlsson, the head of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) who has filed a complaint against Sweden with the European Commission.

Read the entire article: Criticism soars as Sweden’s wolf hunt ends

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