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County Board permit controlled hunting of wolves
Stockholm County Administrative Board has today granted culling on one of the wolves in the so-called Sjundareviret.
The decision is motivated above all by the other measures no longer considered to help combat the continued onslaught.
- We have reached a point where it is just cull that are considered to work, says Environmental Director Göran Åström.
Sjundareviret located between Södertälje and Gnesta in southern Stockholm County. It was founded sometime in the autumn of last year, and in early spring were (as yet unconfirmed) signs that pair was received puppies.
Then, just before midsummer wolves in the territory described 58 gets so hard that they died or had to be killed because of his injuries. In total there have been five attacks that mainly hit a large flock of sheep in Södertälje.
Application for culling submitted a few days ago by the Farmers' Association regional organizations in Mälardalen and Södermanland, supplemented by proxy from the affected animal owners.
The County Administrative Board has today decided to grant the culling of an adult wolf in the territory, provided that it is accompanied by puppies.
- Considering how extensive the damage was, and the oskygghet that wolves have demonstrated, we believe that there are sufficient grounds for a culling decisions, says Göran Åström.
Does not require the law to other methods tried before culling may be necessary?
- It's a complicated case where we had to take into account a range of factors. The County Board has taken a number of measures without the desired results, and our assessment is that in the situation created only culling can be expected to have sufficient power, says Göran Åström.
- It should be remembered that the culling is a short-term solution, and it is important that the keepers look over their fences to best protect their animals from predators attack, says Göran Åström.