Twenty-three sheep died in wolf attacks in August. Photo: The Federation of Swedish Farmers in Skåne

All-clear for Skåne wolf hunt after sheep attacks

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has approved a wolf hunt in the southern Swedish region of Skåne, where 23 sheep were killed by wolves in August.

The Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) has received nine hunting permit applications. It decided that a hunt is the only solution right now to stop the repeated sheep attacks. In the long run, the agency said, it is important to take preventative measures, such as building solid fences for tame animals, since wolves will always be around in Skåne.

Commenting on the ruling, Stig Lundström, vice president of the Skåne section of the Federation of Swedish Farmers (Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund), told news agency TT: "It was a positive surprise. It shows that there is some justice in Swedish predatory animals politics."

The federation had applied for permission to hunt wolves in the wake of the sheep attacks.

The start-date for the hunt is set at August 21st, which gives opponents a chance to appeal the Environmental Protection Agency's decision.

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