A Wolf Committee could help mediate between opponents in the hunting debate. File photo: AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Gary Kramer,

Hunting policy veterans push for a Swedish Wolf Committee

The debate around Sweden’s wolf hunt is counterproductive and a permanent Wolf Committee should conduct dialogues between the government and affected groups, former Environmental Protection Agency heads argue.

The proposal comes from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s former directors, Rold Annerberg and Lars-Erik Liljelund, as well as former director of the state’s wolf committee, Peter Egardt.

"We’re concerned that the consensus previously reached within the wolf committee through hard work is now being replaced with trench warfare,” the three write in an op-ed published by newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Saturday.

Further, the three argue that Swedish courts “should be spared the burden” of dealing with the numerous amounts of appeals of hunting licenses that come in every year. They also “sincerely hope” that a ruling by the Gothenburg administrative court of appeal, which gave the all-clear to a licensed wolf hunt in the Värmland and Örebro regions, will not be appealed.

“Apart from the directly affected wolves, no harm will likely be done to anyone. The survival of the wolf population is largely secured,” Annerberg, Egardt and Liljelund argued.

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