Not guilty

Wolves Exonerated by DNA

DNA testing is demonstrating that wolves are not responsible for many of the domestic animal deaths attributed to them.

Livestock owners in northern Sweden often object to the protected status of wolves, who they accuse of killing many animals every year. But according to the newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet”, DNA testing has shown that half of the deaths were from other causes, sometimes disease, often dogs.

So far this year 145 complaints have been filed, accusing wolves, lynx or bears of killing domestic animals.

Tuesday marks the beginning of the annual bear hunting season in this country. It’s estimated that there are more than 2500 bears in Sweden. The quota for this year’s hunt, which will continue until mid-October, is 184.

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