Sweden wolf hunt brings EU legal threat

2011-01-19 |

The European Commission plans to take legal action against Sweden over a wolf hunt that allegedly breaches EU law.

Sweden is allowing hunters to shoot a total of 20 wolves this year. It reintroduced the wolf hunt in 2010 - the first in Sweden since 1964.

But Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik says wolves in Sweden have an "unfavourable conservation status".

A very narrow genetic base threatens the wolf population in Scandinavia, the environmental group WWF says.

The Swedish quota for the wolf hunt last year was 27. The total wolf population in Sweden is estimated at about 200 - the majority of Scandinavia's wolves.

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