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SE: The government does not back down on wolf hunting

Roughly translated by TWIN Observer

ANIMALS / TT

Although the European Commission argues that the licensed hunting of wolves is illegal, the Swedish government does not back down on wolf hunting.

The Commission is concerned that the licensed hunting of wolves in Sweden is threatening the species’ future in the country. During the hunt in 2015, 44 of 415 wolves shot.

According to the Swedish Government, the number of wolves ia enough for the species to survive, they have increased 65% in number since 2011. The Government points out that the hunt at the same time had a positive effect because fewer cattle and dogs been damaged by wolves, and that the population has become more tolerant of predators.

In 2010 the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation reported the licensed hunting of wolves to the EU Commission.

“The most likely scenario is that the Commission now draws the Government before the European Court of Justice. It is its duty when countries do not follow the directives,” says Johanna Sandahl, Chairman of the Society for Nature Conservation.

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