New blood needed

Fewer Finnish wolves bad for Sweden

Bad news for wolf-lovers in this Nordic nation - with reports that the Finnish-Russian wolf population has decreased dramatically in the last rew years and continues to do so.

Sweden was hoping to import some Finnish wolves to provide new blood for what is described as a way to counteract inbreeding among the 200 wolves in Sweden.

In order to make room for imported wolves and still keeping the population down here, Swedish authorities have permitted the shooting of some 20 wolves this year -sparking loud protests from both within and outside of Sweden.

Critics say the wolf population here is too small and should be allowed to grow despite protests from sheep and reindeer herders and hunters afraid of loosing their dogs.

Meanwhile, another wolf has made news headlines here - making a rare visit to the far southern Swedish city of Helsingborg and getting caught inside an industrial park.

Photos of the nervous wolf tugging away at the pants leg of a surprised watchman have been splashed over the tabloids and websites.

Before the authorities could put the wolf to sleep to be carried off, it made its own way out of the park, out of town and into the woods.

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