A female wolf shot in last winter's hunt. Photo: Oliver Morin/Scanpix.

Wolf hunt likely to ignore EU decision

Last year's Swedish wolf hunt has been reported to the European Commission as possibly breaking the rules on protected species, but the Environmental Protection Agency here says to Swedish Radio News that it is not going to wait for an EU decision, but will likely go ahead with another hunt this winter.

The Swedish authorities say that their job is to keep the wolf population at 210 individuals, and that licensing hunters to kill wolves in the middle of winter is their preferred way of achieving this.

But the EU Commission will not reach a decision until January at the earliest, and so the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will not be waiting. If the EU Commission does find that the hunt breaks rules on protecting species and habitats then Sweden could be facing the EU courts.

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