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Swedish wolf import plan hits Finnish hurdle

TT/The Local/pvs · 15 Feb 2011, 08:20

Published: 15 Feb 2011 08:20 GMT+01:00

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The Swedish government has announced plans to boost the domestic wolf population by importing wolf pups in Sweden, but has run into immediate problems - Finland is reluctant to give up any of their wolf pups to Sweden, reported Sveriges Radio's Ekot.

"From the Finnish perspective, we think that one should not move the wolf pups at all, any year," said Pentti Lähteenoja, chief director at the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to Ekot.

One reason given is that the wolf population in Finland is small.

Sweden's decision to allowing the hunting of wolves has come under criticism from the European Commission for violating European Union environmental laws.

The Local reported in January that the commission had formally reported Sweden.

At the same time, Swedish environment minister Andreas Carlgren unveiled plans for strengthening the Swedish wolf pack by introducing new wolves.

“We’re now taking a collective step in order to get viable wolves,” Carlgren told reporters in Stockholm.

According to Carlgren, decisions to add new wolves will be taken locally. He added that Sweden also plans to continue with a licenced wolf hunt.

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“This isn’t coming as an answer to the Commission’s questions,” he said.

Sweden plans to introduce new wolf pups to the country’s existing wolf population starting in April.

“One or a few adults wolves will be moved later this year or next year, but that will only happen after they’ve been under close observation and have undergone a thorough examination by veterinarians,” said Carlgren.

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Your comments about this article

09:15 February 15, 2011 by booka
Why have we killed to many?

Should stop messing with nature, how is the risk worth it?
09:24 February 15, 2011 by Nemesis
They want to keep adding wolves and they want to keep adding wolves due to falling numbers.

This is not game conservation. It is stupidity and cruelty of the hgihest order.

They need to make a choice in Sweden.


A. Hunt them and cause decline until extinction.


B. Ban hunting them and let them slowly grow in numbers.

The numbers are way to low for both options combined.

Swedes need to realise that they can't live on credit, as eventually it has to be paid back.
09:47 February 15, 2011 by booka
And when you think about it, maybe Finland doesnt want Sweden to hunt the wolves that they have been given away.
11:25 February 15, 2011 by senlac
makes no sense at all! If the wolf population is low, just stop hunting them!

- which part of that sentence is unclear, Carlgren?
11:37 February 15, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
on one hand i understand hunting the wolves to reduce inbreeding IF and only IF you can guarantee that your not shooting the wolves you imported last year.

how to manage that is next to impossible so really there is only one viable option.

introduce new wolves each year AND ban hunting for 10 years to allow the species to recover to acceptable levels.

if i had it my way, i'd ban hunting with guns period and force so called hunters to try with bow & arrows and knives. THAT is hunting, not this slaughter that takes place today.

and hey, if a few hunters get killed by wolves, well, thats the risk of messing with nature on its own terms.
12:35 February 15, 2011 by riose

Did you ever use a compound bow? You can use it with one finger.

Add mechanical arrow heads, and it becomes easier than using a rifle (without scope, which I think is forbidden -don't trust me!-)
12:49 February 15, 2011 by karex
In my humble opinion, hunting wolves to "strengthen the genetics in the existing population" is a bunch of bull. If this were really the case, they would thoroughly examine every single individual and tag the ones which should be culled due to undesirable in-breeding traits. And not shoot them down indiscrimitaley.

This is just a poor excuse for what I feel is the real reason for all this: keep replenishing the stock of victimns for the bloodthirsty hunters. Killing animals is a fun sport to many humans. I'm just disappointed that in Sweden it is sanctioned by the state.

Perhaps this might be the real reason for Finlad to refuse to export pups. Maybe they don't want to be party to this crime against nature? Way to go Finland!
13:05 February 15, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
@ #6 riose

used a compound bow 15 years ago and it was fairly hard but then it was my first and last time. plus i'm sure tech has improved BUT u need to be a fair bit closer with a bow compared to a gun or?

whats a mechanical arrow head? sounds super high-tech!

anywho, my point is to bring hunting, er, slaughter, back to what hunting was back in the day, u know, a real challenge and not something that is over before it even starts. ie, last wolf hunt lasted a few days if that.
14:38 February 15, 2011 by Borilla
Where did they find the biologist who gave an opinion that, since the wolf population is low, the answer to increasing the population is to kill them? Obviously, the layman has trouble understanding the complicated issues involved. Or, the Moderates are buying votes with the lives of the wolves.
15:01 February 15, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Just import some wolves from Russia. The Russian's wont care, just promise to buy some of their pornography in exchange.
15:26 February 15, 2011 by rohermoker
I like riose's idea kill it your self, lets move that idea to pork, beef, and my favorite Veal

If you can't look it in the eye and slit the thorat, grind your patote for your pault, the potote wont look back. and cry.
17:00 February 15, 2011 by babychuma
Importing wolves for genetic diversity is a good idea, when populations are left to grow with no culling it can lead to unfortunate encounters with livestock and humans. A science not emotion based policy is required, I know I couldn't shoot a wolf myself but if culling must be done to protect the population then I don't see why it shouldn't be done by private citizens.
04:47 February 17, 2011 by volvoman9
Wyoming has a few wolves we'll give ya.
16:10 February 21, 2011 by budpg
This illustrates how stupid these bureaucrats are. They pander to the degenerates in the hunting community to get their wolf-blood- and have no plan to replenish the gene pool with wolves from Finland or wherever.

Volvoman9- The hillbilly rednecks that are found in Wyoming don't understand wolves. Ignorant people are always fearful of things they don't understand. All you know is shooting animals from the back of your pickup trucks in between beer burps
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