In Finland the population of racoon dogs has grown uncontrollably and hundreds of thousands of them are hunted or killed in traffic every year. Sometimes the animals wander over the border to Sweden but the climate in the north is so harsh that only a small population can survive.
But there are effective measures to tackle the problem according to Carlsson.
One method means that hunters will capture one racoon dog which will then be treated for parasites and sterilised. A GPS transmitter will be attached to it so researches can follow the animal’s movements and use it to find other racoon dogs that will be killed.
“A racoon dog is about one thousand times better at tracking down other racoon dogs compared to humans. This is why we use them this way,” Carlson told newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet.