The County Administrative Board decided during Monday 1 February to increase allocations for licensed hunting with two wolves. This is because DNA analysis and tracking records show that more wolves of descent in Åmot / Ockelbo-territory remains in the area.
The 10 november 2015 The County Administrative Board decided on licensed hunting of wolves in Åmot / Ockelbo-territory. The hunt included six individual wolves that were felled during the hunting season opening week.
Read the decision on extended assignment here
Read previously announced decision on licensed hunting of wolves here
Wolf Association Sweden ( WAS ) hereby appeals and requests an immediate inhibition of the provincial government in the counties decisions on extended license hunting of two wolves with the case number Reg 218-743-16
BWI believes that the decision must be considered unlawful when the Administrative Court in Uppsala concluded that licensed hunting of wolves contrary to both Swedish law and Europe more species and habitats directives which Sweden has undertaken to comply.
The Administrative Court in Uppsala came to the following conclusion: quotation “The decision by the County Administrative Board of Västmanland on 11 november 2015 to allow licensed hunting for wolves in Chub The territory of Västmanland contrary to EU directives and Swedish law” end quote.
With the support of this finding WAS that the extended license hunting in Texas must immediately inhibited and stopped to have been investigated Whether the hunt is legal or not.
Further considers that each wolf WAS individual is important to the wolf population to achieve favorable conservation status (Cub) therefore additional firing may seriously harm the wolf population development in the positive direction.
We can only see that this hunt is designed to keep the wolf population at a level as low as possible rather than to promote an acceptable conservation.
An acceptable conservation status for the Scandinavian wolf population is c:a 1500-3000 wolves if one looks at the genetic science of the subject and today's goals with c:a 300 Wolves are just a politically set targets in order to join an interest group to meet.
BWI believes that it is not far from being one of the large wolf population, but what we in WAS can understand it should instead be the case that not enough ungulates when cloven tribes still are unnaturally large (to huge costs for society in general) is the number of hunters that is uncontrolled growth and not the wolves.
While the Environmental Protection Agency says that there are five criteria that must be met for a decision on licensed hunting to be made:
The hunt must have a clear purpose, but other suitable solutions.
The chase should not be difficult for the favorable conservation status of the wolf population.
The hunt must be appropriate to the size and composition of the strains and be selectively and under strictly controlled conditions.
As it has emerged that the inventory of our Swedish wolf population is carried out on defective grounds where it does not take into account already dead wolves and even the so-called frontier between Sweden and Norway, and moreover does not take into account unreported cases of illegally shot wolves, we find that the number of wolves that is the basis for 2016 års licensjakt är för högt och att antalet vargar inte kommer upp till den gräns som är satt som lägsta nivå för en genetiskt gynnsam bevarandestatus av vargen som art här i landet.
To date it is 71 known wolves (dark figure is unknown but likely to be significant) only in Sweden who have died and who nevertheless included in the calculation base 84 pieces total Norwegian wolves counted from 2015. Already this year 2016 will 20 pieces which kill wolves 13 pieces in this year's hunting license.
According to the EPA's own calculations, the total number of wolves in Scandinavia winter 2014/15 about 460 wolves, including wolves that died during the same period. The uncertainty (konfidensintervallet) between 364 and 598 Wolves. In Sweden, the number of wolves, without regard to wolves that died during the inventory period, to about 415 wolves with a confidence interval between 328 and 539.
It would be the EPA's own figures indicate that we have 346 wolves in this country and if you then allow licensed hunting of another 46 Wolves end figure of 300 Wolves evenly and will we take into account that there are a large number of unrecorded cases of illegally killed wolves, it is clear that we do not have a Swedish wolf population that achieves GYBS.
In support of this our assertion that the real number is large, we refer to the National Police Agency's interim report concerning hunting and wildlife management from 2014-02-03 med diarenummer:
A 282.202/2013 where it is stated that the quote -“Coarse hunting offenses against the big predators are of such a magnitude that it affects the management of these” end quote.
This clearly means that there is extensive poaching which because of their scale seriously threatens our Swedish predators and then let the same interest to carry on licensed hunting is comparable to the old adage about putting the goat as a gardener.
There is no basis in Art- and the Habitats Directive proving licensed hunting of wolves.
EU law is the law that the Environmental Protection Agency and the authorities have to follow under the Constitution.
Wolf may not be hunted and killed in Sweden and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has the authority required to ensure that this does not happen.
BWI believes that the authority has not done its task assigned by the Swedish people, where over 70 % the animals- and nature lovers and those who do not accept that the authorities violate applicable law.
Instead, we believe that the Swedish county administrative boards with EPA's good memory has violated existing laws to satisfy a small interest in hunting as a hobby.
The wolf is in Europe a highly protected species in which it is prioritized and redlisted why it can not be hunted and killed, either in Sweden or elsewhere in Western Europe.
Date as above
Wolf Association Sweden
gm / For Dunberg. Chairman
WAS Appeals for printing