Possible to import wolves to Sweden

It is possible to strengthen the Swedish wolf population by importing wolves from other countries according to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency and two other agencies.

The plan is to import at least 20 wolves by 2014 to prevent inbreeding and ten county administration boards have been asked to find places where the new wolves could be moved.

“We have reached the conclusion that it is possible to strengthen the wolf population by importing wolves to Sweden,” Maria Ågren, director general of the agency told Swedish Radio News.

At the same time the much criticised license hunt for wolves will continue but according to Ågren this doesn’t necessarily hurt the wolf population.

“The main problem in Sweden is the genetics not the number of wolves.  We can keep the population at a stable level but it is important to strengthen the genetics.”