Midday Saturday saw the first shooting of a wolf in Sweden’s controversial hunt.
The county authorities in Dalarna in central Sweden write in a press release that the animal was killed in Lövsjö in Ludvika.
The county authorities had approved the hunting of eight wolves, but the local Administrative Court issued a restraining order against the hunt in Dalarna and Gävleborg after appeals by conservation groups. That was overturned by the Appeals Court in Sundsvall, after an appeal by hunters, and the hunt could go ahead.
Meanwhile the Appeals Courts in Gothenburg and Stockholm have ruled the opposite way, and have stopped planned wolf hunting in Västmanland, Värmland and Örebro Counties.
As recently as June the European Commission repeated its opinion that Swedish wolf hunting policies are contrary to EU regulations.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: More Grizzlies and wolves moving north to High Arctic, Radio Canada International
Finland: Wolves on the prowl in North Finland, Yle News
Russia: Sweden to study Russian wolf DNA, Radio Sweden
Sweden: Dueling court rulings on Sweden’s wolf hunts, Radio Sweden