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Finland’s Wolf population shrinks; hunting season begins Monday

[large thumbnail url=”finlands-wolf-population-shrinks-hunting-season-begins-monday” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”finlands-wolf-population-shrinks-hunting-season-begins-monday” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”03″] Finland’s wolf population has dropped more than a third in the last four years, with┬áresearchers say high mortality rates and poaching have contributed to the decline.

And amazingly, in the face of this trend, the country will begin it’s hunting season on Monday which will kill as many as 22 wolves.

all but three of the overall quota is for animals found in reindeer herding areas.

The population for Finland is estimated to be between 150 and 185 according to the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute. This is a drop of an estimated 100 wolves in the last four years. The same institute says the reasons are a high mortality rate (for reasons undisclosed) and poaching.

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