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Wildlife

Finnish-Russian wolf close to Swedish pack

Published måndag 21 februari 2011 kl 12.26

A lone member of the Finnish-Russian wolf population has wandered through the north of Sweden and is now nearing a Swedish wolf pack, near Jämtland, Swedish Radio News reports.

Only twice before in the last decade have wolves managed that journey, and the authorities now hope the wolf, thought to be a male, will provide fresh genes to the Swedish-Norwegian wolf population which is suffering from in-breeding.

The wolf was first discovered in the very north of Sweden in November, and was lost to the trackers until last week, when he was seen only 15 kilometres away from a known wolf territory, where a single female wolf resides. The only male wolf in that pack was shot dead in the recent wolf hunt.

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