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Swedish wolf hunt claims first prey

Swedish wolf hunt claims first prey

Published: 02 Feb 2013 09:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Feb 2013 09:27 GMT+01:00

The first of sixteen wolves permitted in the ongoing hunt was killed on Saturday morning close to Örebrö in central Sweden.

The wolf was shot shortly after 7am in the vicinity of Hedby preserve in Örebro.

"We don't know yet what type of wolf was shot," said Per Wedholm at Örebro county.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) has authorized the killing of 16 wolves in specific territories in a hunt that starts on Friday and ends on February 17th.

Wolves are considered a protected species in many parts of Europe, and Swedish environmentalists decried the hunt as illegal and said it could hurt the wolf population.

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.

Several Swedish animal protection organisations have joined forces to appeal the agency's decision to permit the hunt to Stockholm's Administrative Court.

Sweden's parliament voted to resume a licensed wolf hunt in 2010 after a 46-year hiatus, allowing 27 wolves to be killed.

Supporters said the cull was needed to strengthen the gene pool of Sweden's largely inbred wolf population, and wolves were imported from Finland and Russia to replace the killed animals.

The hunt was again authorized in 2011, but not in 2012.

EU officials told Swedish media they were watching the situation closely to determine whether to take Sweden to the European Court of Justice.

The hunt is supported in rural Sweden, where sheep and reindeer have increasingly come under attack.

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19:45 February 2, 2013 by skumdum
One down. 269 more to kill.
20:19 February 2, 2013 by engagebrain
Sweden happily takes in 10 of thousands of refugees ever year, which is fine, but seems determined to exterminate a tiny population of wolves.

Would they be allowed to live if they claimed asylum - there is no doubt that they are persecuted.
21:06 February 2, 2013 by johan rebel
So permission is given to hunt 16 allegedly inbred wolves, yet they don't if the first one shot is one of these?

Great going!
22:58 February 2, 2013 by Trenatos
Yeah it's insane.

They talk about selective culling, yet they have no idea which wolves they're shooting.

It's all BS.

Most of the farmers who have lost cattle have not put up adequate protection for their animals *even after being paid to do so*, then they complain when their livestock is killed.

It's the same with the sami and their reindeer, they let them roam free and then complain about them being killed by predators in the woods.

Leave the wolves alone!
09:42 February 3, 2013 by calebian22
Wolves have been replaced by humans in the predator/prey food chain. They serve no purpose at this point and are only a menace. Only mindless environmentalists don't realize this. Big suprise from non-showering, tree hugging, dirt munching druids with all man educations.
10:41 February 3, 2013 by Rey Stockholm
@ calebian, why would you suggest exterminating a native species to sweden, the numbers are small and well controlled and are certainly not a menace - statistically
13:36 February 3, 2013 by Borilla
@#5 - Caleban was a deformed, mentally deranged monster. You are appropriately named. Since you are such a dangerous predator, why don't you go out and let some of your drunken friends shoot at you for a while?

The Moderates and Centre are just buying votes with this ridiculous slaughter. Someone will have to explain exactly how the great hunter is to determine which wolves are inbred and which are not before he shoots them.
18:04 February 3, 2013 by engagebrain
calebian22

'Wolves ......serve no purpose at this point and are only a menace'

Apply this criteria and calebanian22's relatives will be collecting his life insurance soon.
21:10 February 3, 2013 by calebian22
Thank you all for your input. Go hug a wolf, and see what happens, statistically speaking of course.
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