Sweden to allow sanctioned wolf hunt

Sweden may see another licensed wolf hunt this winter, news agency TT reports, after the Environmental Protection Agency has given the controversial practice a green light for central Sweden.

The agency left the right to decide on the hunt up to the counties of central Sweden where the Swedish wolf population is found. The nation's previous government decided that the animal's population should be no greater than 270 wolves. It's currently around 370 wolves.

The local office of the World Wide Fund for Nature critized the decision. It said the government is not basing its thinking on scientific research.

The Environmental Protection Agency has set minimum levels for how many wolves can live in each affected county. In principle, the county administrative boards have the right to decide whether to allow a hunt as soon as the wolf population there rises above the established minimum levels.