Stop shooting wolves, the European Wildlife conservation organization tells Sweden

2010 - 01 - 04
Stop shooting wolves, the European Wildlife conservation organization tells Sweden

The wolf population in Sweden is under threat. The Swedish Parliament has allowed the first wolves to be shot after 45 years and decided to reduce the number of these animals living in the wild by 27 individuals. Their hunting began on Saturday and will end no later than in mid-February. As of Monday, 24 wolves had been shot.

A group of 10,000 hunters planned to take advantage of the rare legal shooting opportunity. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency disagrees with the politicians’ decision. It argues that the decision is in violation of EU legislation because the wolf population has not reached its viability threshold. The European Wildlife conservation organization agrees with the experts’ opinions as well.

“The political decision to resume wolf hunting poses a serious risk to the population of these creatures in Sweden. Therefore, we call on the Swedish government to stop wolf hunting immediately,” said Director Dalibor Dostal of European Wildlife.

Wolves were almost exterminated in southern Scandinavia, so their hunting has been banned since the 1965-1966 season. Sweden and Norway worked together to return these predators to the wild in the border area. When Norway allowed the culling of several wolves in 2001 after their population had grown too big, Sweden protested. But now, the Swedish Parliament decided that there may be a maximum of 210 wolves in the wild.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation pointed out that the wolf population reached this limit last year, but since then more than 20 pairs have had pups.

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