Sweden kills wolves, KNOWS
The Swedish government will drastically reduce the wolf population, killing half of the four hundred animals living in the country during the year, although this violates EU guidelines. Agriculture Minister Anna Karen Saderberg, speaking on state television, said the number of wolves was increasing every year and that killing some animals would meet the target set by parliament, recalling that the government had already consulted the National Environmental Protection Agency on the ideal size. Population.
In the past, the agency estimated that there must be no less than 300 wolves in Sweden and that their population must constantly be enriched with new arrivals to remain viable and not be weakened by inbreeding. The majority of Parliament, however, came out in favor of culling wolves so that they do not exceed 170 animals, which is the threshold set by the EU. in the directive on the conservation of species and habitats.
The aim is to reduce the population of 400 animals currently living in the country – Disagreements on the number.
Environmental groups, meanwhile, believe that the wolf population should not drop below 300 animals, as the Swedish habitat can even support a thousand wolves. In fact, they accuse the Stockholm government of caving in to the powerful hunters’ lobby who claim wolves eat moose and pose a danger to their dogs.
In line with this, the representative of the International Fund for Nature (WWF) Benny Galfert, specialist in predators, who expressed his opposition, stressing that the figures favored by the Swedish government lack scientific basis. “The evolution of nature is completely unpredictable and the number 170 is too low. “We are concerned about the genetic problems which will worsen when the animals are reduced.” The Minister of Agriculture, however, expressed her support for her compatriots who “live close to wolves and anxious for the future, and to herders who are affected by the current situation.”