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Annual hunt to cull 300 brown bears in Sweden

Annual hunt to cull 300 brown bears in Sweden

Published: 20 Aug 2012 15:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Aug 2012 15:11 GMT+02:00

The 312 bears, a figure which equates to roughly 10 percent of Sweden’s bear population, will be professionally hunted in the period between August 21st and October 15th.

In County Västerbotten in northern Sweden, the bear population is estimated to be somewhere around 300, and 25 bears are to be killed there this season.

Michael Schneider, an expert on predators at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), is responsible for the bear culling in Västerbotten.

“There is a long list of conditions that the Västerbotten hunters must meet if they wish to take part in the hunt. The terms are there to avoid adverse effects and to evaluate the hunt afterwards,” he told the Västerbottens Kuriren newspaper.

The hunt, together with traffic accidents and deaths in self-defense, is expected to lower the bear’s population by 10 percent – meaning the county’s bear population has not grown this year.

“We’ve succeeded in maintaining the bear population well over the past few years. The results we’ve had from the spore inventory in 2009 shows that we are keeping the population at roughly the same level since 2004,” explains Björn Jonsson, head of conservation in the area, to the paper.

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Your comments about this article

16:36 August 20, 2012 by Rishonim
And yet another reason to kill more animals.
22:25 August 20, 2012 by Keith #5083
With Sweden being 70% forest it kind of suggests that it's we humans that are overpopulated in the remaining 30%.

I can see the argument for control,but I still regret that it must be done.
08:01 August 21, 2012 by itsmevamsi
Oh my God.....controlling animal population by killing them !!!! Well has it ever occurred to us humans that we are probably the ones who should be killed the animal kingdom and not vice-verse. Officially sponsored killing is seriously strange......
11:59 August 21, 2012 by JohnnyEnglish
No itsmevamsi, you are seriously strange. 300 dead bears is a good start but not enough.
11:59 August 21, 2012 by Flutterbye
Absolutely appaling, what pleasure ppl get from killing animals is totally beyond me, I just don't understand it and as Keith says Sweden is 70% forest surely there is enough room for all the bears.

Having seen a black bear when in a car park in Canada I can honestly say it was a once in a lifetime experience, it breaks my heart to hear these impressive animals are to be slaughtered.

Imo it is the human animal that should be culled, far to many of them on this planet.
15:23 August 21, 2012 by rohermoker
Flutterbye: The human population kules itself all the time, just look to Iran, Syria, The great kulling in China in the 50's and 60's. We do it all the time, it is nothing new
15:27 August 21, 2012 by Achilles7
I can't bear the thought...

But seriously, why do they have to kill them? Can't they just capture them and give them away to some zoos or something?
20:27 August 21, 2012 by sigfus45
Like other creatures, bears have a useful place in nature and nature will control unsustainable numbers. I prefer they be left alone. If a "cull" is done, it should be preferable to do in the spring when the winter fur most valuble and the meat is not so fat for eating. What income is required to be a "professional hunter"?
01:30 August 22, 2012 by Blum
Dear People,

I just created a new petition and I hope you can sign

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_killing_bears_in_Sweden/

let's do something about this cruelty!
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