Värmland county

Anti-poaching group reports illegal wolf traps

An anti-poaching group said they found several illegal wolf traps in recent weeks in western Sweden, the newspaper Nya Wermlands writes.

Sweden's Anti-Poaching Unit reported the traps to police since they violate the country's the hunting laws. Although wolf hunting is allowed in Sweden, the practice is highly regulated and heavily criticized.

The Anti-Poaching Unit, founded in 2007 by police officers working to stop the illegal hunting of wolves, said on its website that a patrol in the woods of Värmland county stumbled across the unmarked, wooden traps on Saturday.

A member of the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management, however, told Swedish Radio's P4 station in Värmland that it's possible the traps were mistaken for those used to hunt foxes and lynxes.