Sentenced Farmer Seeks Pardon

A Swedish farmer sentenced to six months in jail for shooting a wolf on his farm is appealing to the government for a pardon.

The farmer claimed that he shot the wolf in line with guidelines allowing protected animals to be killed to defend property.

The incident occurred a couple of days after the wolf had killed ten of the farmer’s sheep. It was decided that too much time had passed between the attack on the sheep and the shooting of the wolf.

Depleted by centuries of hunting, Sweden’s wolf population has benefited from preservation programs and legislation to now number about 150.

Wolves have even been seen near Stockholm.

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