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More wolves can be culled after Supreme Court decision

Uppdaterat måndag 2 januari kl 14.24
Publicerat fredag 30 december 2016 kl 11.18
Olof Liberg: Our wolf population has been growing
(2:04 min)
The court ruling is expected to set a precedent.
The court ruling is expected to set a precedent. Foto: Valeriy Yurko

A cull of 24 wolves will be allowed from 2nd January 2017, after a court decision, which ends a series of appeals by environmental groups.

The president of the Swedish Carnivore Association is disappointed by the Supreme Administrative Court decision. Torbjörn Nilsson says to news agency TT that this will be a brake on the necessary wolf population increase.

But speaking to Radio Sweden, researcher Olof Liberg says the wolves are allowed to be hunted because the population is in good shape. There are between 400 and 500 wolves in Scandinavia, mostly in Sweden, and even if 24 wolves are culled, the number will still rise overall.

The right to hunt wolves is allowed under EU law because Sweden's wolves have so-called Favorable Conservation Status, based on estimates made by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

But the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, the country's biggest green organisation, comments on today's judgement by saying evidence of problems including inbreeding in Swedish wolves shows that should not have this favourable status, and therefore the amount of wolves who can be hunted should be very low.

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