Shortly after I had scheduled the text below to be my post for 9th February, I read that the cull had been called off because of a legal challenge by conservationists. I am glad the cull has been suspended – although three wolves had already been killed – but have kept the original text as I believe the Swedish government’s actions are worth highlighting.
The UK Wolf Conservation Trust has highlighted that yet again Sweden is culling wolves despite protests by conservationists and the EU. Last year 6,747 hunters were registered to kill 20 of the total Scandinavian wolf population of about 250. This year 16 wolves are to be culled and the current population is reported by the BBC to be at least 270.
It should be remembered that Sweden’s wolves are protected under EU law.
Sweden’s wolf population is isolated genetically and there have been calls to try and encourage wolf migration in order to freshen the gene pool, however, given the current Swedish government’s policy of culling wolves, such a move looks unlikely for the foreseeable future.