Poachers suspected behind dwindling wolf numbers in Sweden

Illegal killing is affecting the number of wolves in Sweden. This picture shows a wolf in a zoo, in northern Germany. (Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden’s wolves are suddenly disappearing in large numbers, and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency says illegal killing is the only explanation they can work with.

The wolves have been a protected species since the 1960s but are loathed by many people in the countryside, especially the sheep farmers whose flocks they can attack.

Maria Hörnell Williebrand at the Environmental Protection Agency says the amount of wolves are now just on the edge of what’s needed for a stable population: 300.

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Finland: Villages in western Finland concerned by jump in wolf population, Yle News

Norway: Will Russia ask Norway to cut crab fishing in Arctic fjord?, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia plans fenced parks to confine reindeer herding in Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Legal challenge takes aim as wolf hunt begins in Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Trump admin pushes for looser rules on predator hunting in Alaska, Alaska Public Media

Loukas Christodoulou, Radio Sweden

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