"The biggest wolf cull in modern times has begun in Sweden as nature
organisations warn it could drastically harm the population.
On Monday, the Guardian
accompanied 200 hunters as they went to kill wolves
in the frost-covered forests between Gävleborg and Dalarna, hunting from
midnight until the sun set at 3pm. Groups like this will be going out across
Sweden all month as they attempt to take down the large predators.
On Monday, the hunters surrounded areas where they knew the wolves had lairs.
They released dogs, whose job was to search out the wolves and then drive them
on a path towards the waiting hunters, but they had no luck, and the hunters
went home empty-handed.
However, the dogs have now identified some of the lairs so the hunters will be
able to move faster going forward.
Over the next month, hunters will be allowed to kill 75 wolves from a
population of 460, as the government seeks to reduce the population density in
“Hunting is absolutely necessary to slow the growth of wolves. The wolf pack is
the largest we have had in modern times,” Gunnar Glöersen, predator manager at
the Swedish Hunters’ Association, told local press as the hunt began on Monday.
But nature organisations have pointed out that the Swedish population of wolves
is relatively low – in Italy there are more than 3,000.
They have appealed against the decision, which they argue breaks the Bern
convention, but to no avail."
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