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Sweden resumes wolf hunt despite controversy

Sweden is to resume its wolf hunt in what authorities have described as a bid to limit inbreeding and maintain healthy stocks, but environmentalists argued Thursday that the hunt violates EU law.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authorised the killing of 16 wolves in specific territories in a hunt that starts Friday and ends February 17. The most recent estimate a year ago put the overall number of wolves in Sweden at around 270, spread out in about 30 packs, though those numbers have most certainly risen since then.

The EPA announced Wednesday it had allowed a “selective and targeted hunt of inbred wolves as a step towards reducing inbreeding and having a sustainable, healthy wolf population”.

“A selective and targeted hunt is the only method that can reduce the level of inbreeding in the short term,” it said…

Read the entire article on phys.org: Sweden resumes wolf hunt despite controversy

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