After a flurry of wolf attacks that killed dozens of sheep and lambs in Insjön and Sågmyra, in northern Sweden, over the past couple of weeks, the County Administrative Board has decided to authorize a protective hunt in the area.
Swedish Radio P4 Dalarna reports that hunters will only be allowed to kill a total of one wolf in this “Gimmen” territory.
“It’s because we don’t have a clear picture of which individual is causing the damage,” Jonas Bergman, who works with the county board in Dalarna, tells the radio station, adding that they are following the recommendations of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
There is a male in this territory whose genetic material is considered to be valuable in order to reduce the degree of inbreeding, according to P4 Dalarna. Despite the risk that he may be shot, the county board has decided to approve the hunt because they feel what has happened in the territory is so serious that they see no other alternative.
The hunt will be limited to a small area around the enclosures where the domesticated animals are located, to increase the chances that the right individual wolf is shot.
“We have also written that one should not shoot the genetically valuable wolf, if at all possible,” adds Bergman.
The hunt will begin on Wednesday and run through August 20.
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