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Swedish minister defends hunt claiming it will help wolves

[large thumbnail url=”swedish-minister-defends-hunt-claiming-it-will-help-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”08″] [thumbnail icon url=”swedish-minister-defends-hunt-claiming-it-will-help-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”02″ day=”08″] Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren defended the licensed wolf hunt in Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag, on Tuesday, claiming that it would help bring in new wolves and save the wolf population from inbreeding, while experts say the population is just too small.

“There is only one way to save the wolf. We have to bring in new wolves to combat the alarmingly high inbreeding in the species. And in order to gain acceptance of the policy in the areas affected by wolves, a limited hunt is needed,” said Carlgren.

“We have received support for this policy from many research groups. The researchers also say that the hunt does not threaten the species’ survival,” he added.

Sweden’s inbred wolf population is unsustainable in the long run, according to several experts who want to see cooperation with Norway, Finland and Russia to address the issue.

They argue that the wolf population in the region needs to be three times its current size to remain viable…

Read the entire article on thelocal.se: Wolf hunt saves animals from inbreeding: minister

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