Wolf-hunting season opens in Sweden

Source:AFP Published: 2018/1/3 18:48:39

To the chagrin of animal rights groups and conservationists, wolf-hunting season opened in Sweden on Tuesday after authorities permitted a cull of 22 of the animals.

On December 28, animal rights campaigners had appealed to the Supreme Court to prevent the cull after an earlier appeal to the administrative court at Sundsvall in western Sweden fell on deaf ears.

"On December 29, 2017, the supreme administrative court rejected the appeal against the decision to (allow) wolf-hunting," the court said in a ruling seen by AFP.

The licensed season, covering five central municipalities, runs to February 15.

By Tuesday afternoon, three wolves had already been culled, according to the national veterinary institute which is tasked with carrying out autopsies on the dead animals.

Hunting has been a hot issue going back and forth between the courts since 2009 after parliament ended an almost 50-year ban.

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