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How Many Wolves Should Live in Sweden

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:34 PM by chloe owens

2/9/15, Alaska Dispatch News-Radio Sweden

How Many wolves should live in Sweden

Sweden is to reconsider its wolf policy once again, as the government has demanded a new, scientific study into the vulnerability of the country’s wolf population…Romson said that politics rather than science has underpinned the decision to keep the national minimum population at 270 wolves. She is also critical of the fact that the size was determined through a vote in parliament. “The question is if parliament should decide this matter. That runs counter to previous praxis. We believe that science should determine the minimum size,” Romson said. The move means that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency will once again have to analyze just how vulnerable the wolf population is. But the agency will also account for the socioeconomic consequences of having a strong wolf population and it will do so with rural populations’ interests in mind, Romson insisted.