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Sweden considers importing more wolves, after first wolf hunt in decades

[large thumbnail url=”sweden-considers-importing-more-wolves-after-first-wolf-hunt-in-decades” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”29″] [thumbnail icon url=”sweden-considers-importing-more-wolves-after-first-wolf-hunt-in-decades” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”29″] Sweden sends mixed messages about it’s wolf recovery program as they announce plans to import wolves to infuse new blood in to their small population.

Sweden announced plans on Thursday to infuse new blood in to their wolf population just a month after killing 27 wolves in their first wolf hunt in 45 years.

The reason, officials explain, is that the wolf population of Sweden is an isolated and relatively small group which has a high risk of inbreeding which could soon weaken the health of the Swedish wolves.

Sweden has stated that, at this time, they are planning to keep the wolf population in the country over 200 (but not by much) and that they could import as many as 20 wolves from eastern neighbors over the coming years to alleviate the inbreeding problems.   

The importing of wolves could be part of an overall plan which could also include transplanting wolves from other parts of the country.

It is concerning to imagine that they might bring in some new, out of country wolves only to risk having them shot just months later. Not only would the plan to infuse new blood into the population be compromised with their deaths, but it would be a painful demonstration of unwise wildlife management strategies being forced through by scared, uninformed members of the public.

The reason given by the Swedish government for the hunt was to ease the concerns of the public – and they believe keeping the numbers close to 200 wolves will make it easier for the public to accept the presence of wolves. There was no stated scientific justification.

Concerning. Very concerning.

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