Sweden Allows Wolf Hunting After 45 Year Ban | 01/04/10

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For the government of Sweden, having 237 wolves in the entire nation is a few too many. The wolves were nearly made extinct by hunting in Scandinavia until the activity was banned in the mid 60s. But now, after 45 years, the country's parliament has issued a decree allowing the population of wolves to be reduced to what it deems an appropriate maximum: 210 wolves.

What could be spookier than Sweden thinking 237 wolves is too many? 10 thousand Swedes clamoring for the special hunting license to kill the 'excess' 27 wolves, perhaps?

The open-season on wolf was suppose to last until February 15, which is just before the animal's breeding usually begins. On the first day though, nine wolves were killed in just one region of the country alone. So, according to Swedish state radio, the hunt has been suspended there.

Hunters Upset Over Rules
Some of these enthusiastic wolf-hunters are a bit disappointed with the rules surrounding the hunt--each time a hunter hits a wolf, it has to be reported to local authorities in order to maintain the tracking of the killing, according to a report in Globo. But taking care to not over-hunt takes all the fun out of hunting, it seems.

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