Conservation groups in Sweden have appealed a decision by the authorities in Dalarna to permit the hunting of a single wolf.
Last week the Dalarna County Administrative Board gave the go-ahead to hunt one wolf in the area between Falun and Leksand. This follows a flurry of attacks that killed dozens of sheep and lambs in Insjön and Sågmyra.
On Wednesday Wolf Association Sweden and the Swedish Carnivore Association filed an appeal, which has been sent to the Environmental Protection Agency. But, the county board says, until the agency rules otherwise, preparations for the hunt will continue.
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Sweden: Wolf hunt authorized in North Sweden after attacks on farm animals, Radio Sweden
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