First wolf killed in controversial hunt

Midday Saturday saw the first shooting of a wolf in this year’s controversial hunt. The county authorities in Dalarna write in a press release that the animal was killed in Lövsjö in Ludvika.

The county authorities had approved the hunting of eight wolves, but the local Administrative Court issued a restraining order against the hunt in Dalarna and Gävleborg after appeals by conservation groups. That was overturned by the Appeals Court in Sundsvall, after an appeal by hunters, and the hunt could go ahead.

Meanwhile the Appeals Courts in Gothenburg and Stockholm have ruled the opposite way, and have stopped planned wolf hunting in Västmanland, Värmland and Örebro Counties.

As recently as June the European Commission repeated its opinion that Swedish wolf hunting policies are contrary to EU regulations.