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Swedish Wolves Need More Genetic Diversity: Study

posted Jan 16, 2016, 1:40 PM by chloe owens

10/8/15, Arctic Newswire

Swedish wolves need more genetic diversity: study

A new report commissioned by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency says Sweden needs at least 300 wolves to maintain a healthy population. But it also adds that new blood is needed for the pack…there are some 400 wolves living in the center of the country. But they are in need of new bloodlines from other wolf packs found to the east in Finland and Russia. “Today looks OK. But we need to be sure that we have at least one immigrant every five years to have this low number of wolves and still have a favorable reference population…”