Dead wolf

Threats Over Wolf Policies

The Swedish Radio program “Kaliber” reports that civil servants here who work with issues regarding wolves and other predators are often the targets of threats or harassment.

In the counties in Sweden where the small wolf population lives, fully half of the public officials involved in the issue have come under attack.

One wildlife warden in the province of Dalarna told the program he had his car tires slashed in front of his house. Another reports that shots have been fired in his vicinity when he has been working in the forest.

The situation is infected because of dissatisfaction among some members of the public about wildlife preservation policies and predatory animals. There are an estimated 270 adult wolves in Sweden. That’s around half the number scientists say the species needs to maintain itself. But many livestock owners would like to see all the predators removed.

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