Wolf Debate Continues in Sweden

The controversy over Swedish wolf hunting continues in this Nordic nation with a northern local government declaring it wants to be free from wolves and will shoot any wolf coming over the border.

Critics argue that this nation's wolf population is a national and even an international question since Sweden has agreed to try to re-establish a wolf population after this 4-legged predator was almost wiped out here.

Some say this community will be a global laughing stock since wolves don't respect any stay-away signs.

The Swedish government gave the green light to culling 27 wolves out of Sweden's 220 wolf population - gaining cheers from the hunters and those claiming the wolf is a threat to their livestock and the reindeer herds.

Others insist that Sweden needs more wolves to keep the packs genetically healthy - and that other more densely populated European countries have bigger wolf populations.

The autopsy of the culled wolves shows that they were not suffering from genetic disorders as claimed by a now embarrassed minister of the environment trying to motivate the wolf hunts.

A new survey concludes that Swedes are more afraid of meeting a bear, wild pig or a snake in the woods than a wolf.