Lynx hunt slashed
Updated 8:21 PM
The Swedish authorities have greatly restricted this year’s hunt for lynx. The Environmental Protection Agency is only allowing the shooting of 30 of the wild cats here this year, just over one-third of last year’s permitted hunt.
The reason is the continued low number of lynx in Sweden, in part, says an agency spokesperson, because of last year’s hunt. Parliament has set the absolute lowest number of lynx here at 1500 animals, and the agency says that is the current level.
But the county authorities in Värmland say they plan to appeal the decision, arguing that it is they, and not the Environmental Protection Agency, which ought to be able to set the local hunt quota.
The decision follows controversy over the recent cull of 10 percent of the wolves in Sweden, which has prompted protests by conservationists and legal action by the European Commission.