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Eye on the Arctic

Annual lynx hunt starts

Published tisdag 1 mars 2011 kl 09.29

Tuesday marks the start of the official lynx hunt in Sweden but this year authorities will only allow 110 animals to be killed compared to 209 last year.  

The lynx population is estimated at 1,200 to 1,500 animals and is considered healthy, and many hunters and reindeer herder are sceptical of the decision to allow so few animals to be hunted this year.

The shy animal is rarely seen by humans but according to opinion polls it is the most popular predatory animal in Sweden, Swedish Radio News reports. In the far north, however, where the lynx kills an estimated 20,000 reindeers every year, it is not as popular.

Last year the Swedish government paid about $4 million in compensation to reindeer herders, despite claims that their losses were far higher.

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