Officials suspect illegal poaching behind lower wolf numbers

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The number of wolves has been reduced from 355 last winter to 305.

Marcus Öhman, the head of wildlife management at the Swedish Environment Protection Agency, says the problem of illegal poaching is bringing down the wolf population.

A wolf was shot dead in Falun in the middle of Sweden last week by two men who fled the scene on a snowmobile.

Öhman says Sweden probably won't follow Norway's example of installing secret forest cameras, but will hold discussions with the police and other agencies on the best way of dealing with the problem.