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This winter's hunting of wolves in Sweden will commence on the 2nd January 2016.
A governmental decision based purely on political motives to appease the farming vote and the hunter's money.
The wolves of Sweden are in dire straits unlike what the Swedish government is trying to make their conservation minded voters believe.
Twenty (20) of the wolves will be killed in  Värmland, Dalarna will lose eight(8), Västmanland six (6), Gavleborg  six (6) and Orebro / Varmland six (6).
The chairman of the Swedish Hunters Association, Torbjörn Lövbom is in ecstasy over the decision but says he wished they could kill more. However the snow that is expected in January 2016, will make it very easy for the not so experienced Swedish wolf hunter to track wolves. Wolves can't move fast in deep snow and have to keep to well travelled paths and roads.
It is however not really hunting as a sport that is the object here, but rather the thrill of killing a noble predator. In this case with the backing of a close minded government with a different agenda, that has nothing to do with wolves.
The quotas were alegedly decided on so that wolf populations will not be negatively affected.  That is if wolf populations behaved like elk, moose or deer . However wolves are different.  Killing one wolf may result in the demise of the whole pack and impact even more on the genetic diversity of the Swedish population that is already struggling.
This hunt should be stopped as it is in direct contrast with the EU rules on hunting a protected species. Sweden has thus far tried its best to counter certain sections of the agreement with the EU, especially those parts that deal with conservation and especially the wolf issue. This callous behavior has resulted in Sweden facing heavy fines. The problem is though, politicians do not pay the fines. In the end it is the tax paying public that will be forking out the penalties for the actions of their government.
Vincent Kennard                                                        More on the subject: (In Swedish)

11 November 2015
Photo: Tero Niemi