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To avoid inbreeding the wolves of Scandinavia need regular additions from Russia and Finland. Credit: Junge, Heiko/NTB scanpix

Poachers likely killed a hundred wolves

2:15 min

Sweden's wolves are suddenly disappearing in large numbers, and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency says illegal killing is the only explanation they can work with.

The wolves have been a protected species since the 1960s but are loathed by many people in the countryside, especially the sheep farmers whose flocks they can attack.

Maria Hörnell Williebrand at the Environmental Protection Agency says the amount of wolves are now just on the edge of what's needed for a stable population: 300.

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