Swedish wolf hunt put on hold after protests
TT/The Local/pvs · 23 Dec 2014, 09:24
Published: 23 Dec 2014 09:24 GMT+01:00
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- Wolf population on the rise in Sweden (11 Mar 14)
- Rural Swedes slam EU ban on hunting wolves (24 Feb 14)
The decision by the County Administrative board to allow the cull of eight animals in the country was appealed by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen - SSNC), the Swedish Carnivore Association (SCA) and the WWF.
"This means that there will be no hunt starting on January 9th," said Gunilla Skotnicka Ewing at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) to the local Dalarnas Tidningar daily.
The matter will be settled in a meeting on January 12th at the earliest. The agency has meanwhile rejected appeals against planned hunts in Värmland and Örebro, where authorities cleared the way in November for 24 and 12 animals to be shot respectively.
There are around 370 wolves in Sweden and the minimum figure for a sustainable population has been fixed at 270.
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen - SSNC) was quick to condemn the decisions.
"It is clear that it was highly inappropriate that the hunt decisions were moved to the county administrative boards given how strong the pressure may be locally," said SNCC lawyer Oscar Alaric in a statement at the time.