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Court Axes Sweden's Annual Wolf Hunt Again

posted Jan 17, 2014, 6:55 PM by chloe owens

1/15/14, The Local, Sweden’s news in English

Court axes Sweden’s annual wolf hunt again

Sweden’s annual wolf hunt, which was planned to kick off in early February, was called off by Stockholm’s Administrative Court on Wednesday…The Swedish government had given the green light for the hunt, arguing that the wolf population had increased and that licensed hunts were needed to protect livestock.  But the hunt was appealed by Swedish environmental groups late last year and on Wednesday, the Stockholm court put a stop to the planned 2014 hunt…In the past, the European Commission has threatened Sweden with legal action over the licensed hunts.  Last autumn, the government put forward a bill on managing predators that proposed a population of 170 to 270 wolves was sufficient for a health(y) wolf pack.  Today there are an estimated 400 wolves in Sweden.