Roughly translated by TWIN Observer
Just a couple of hours after the license hunt had begun, the first wolf was shot. Then it continued. At 14 o’clock six wolves had been shot.
The first wolf was shot according to Swedish Hunt in the Vimyren region in Värmland. It was an adult male adult, which, according to the newspaper, was affected by scabies. Later in the day another wolf is shot in the same region.
Of the following two were taken in Dalarna, one in Västmanland and one in Gävleborg. A total of 22 wolves in five counties can be taken.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s inventory last winter showed that there are about 355 wolves in Sweden. The Scandinavian wolf strain is derived from five migratory wolves from the Finnish population. Because the breeding base is so small, it means that the wolf strain is sensitive to inbreeding.
In Dalarna, one of the counties where the license hunt begins today, there are several genetically important wolves, reports P4 Dalarna. None of these wolves should be in the hunting area right now.
” We are tracking every day almost to ensure that there are no favored wolves,” says Jonas Bergman, function coordinator on the county board, to the radio.
The hunt will last no later than February 15th. In Värmland six wolves can be shot, in Dalarna six, in Västmanland six, in Gävleborg two and in Örebro county two wolves.
The decision on license hunting on wolves has been appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court, but decisions are not expected until February.
The so-called fox scabies is one of the most common skin diseases in canid animals. The disease often affects foxes but can also infect other animal species like wolves, lynx and marten.
Scabies are caused by a parasitic mite, sarcoptes scabiei, which, like the ticks, belongs to spider animals. The scabies are less than half a millimeter large and live mainly in the skin’s top cell layers.
In the skin digs dodged grazes where the female puts three to four eggs a day. The eggs hatch after a few days to larvae.
Symptoms can vary from very difficult to light, barely noticeable itching. The animals also suffer from skin redness and fur loss.