Environment

No change on Swedish wolf hunt

Swedish wildlife authorities are rejecting the storm of criticism both here at home and from abroad over the decision to permit the shooting of 20 wolves this winter.

The critics argue that with only some 200 wolves in this forested nation, this is fewer than some other European countries and not enough to make the Swedish wolf survive.

The authorities insist they have to get rid of 20 wolves to appease the sheep herders, the reindeer raisers and hunters angry over loosing their dogs to wolves.

They add that they want to bring in 20 other wolves from Finland or Russia to provide badly-needed new blood and genes for the Swedish wolf said to be suffering from inbreeding.