The Swedish authorities are getting more and more provocative when allowing protective hunt for wolves.
Last week, January 25, a Swedish sami community "Mittådalen" applied for hunt of one wolf. The application was sent to the Swedish EPA without even a written signature.
The wolf hadn't yet caused much damage but nevertheless the county board of Jämtland accepted the application the same day, notifying the applicants by mouth that the hunt could start at once.
But the authorities didn't publish the decision. They didn't give the public even a theoretical chance of appealing against the decision.
Not until yesterday noon, 6 days later, they announced the decision. And just a few hours later the wolf was hunt and shot from a helicopter.
It appears very clear that the authorities deliberately waited with the publication of the decision until it was too late for any debate.
The EU Commissionair Janez Potocnik has several times in the last few months said to the Swedish Government that protective hunt for wolves should not be preventive, that only wolves which already have caused severe damage should be hunted.
The Swedish Government is not following the EU legislation and even worse, tries to stop the democratic processes of appealing and debating the decisions.