About to deliver
The female wolf shot yesterday in the northern part of Dalecarlia province of Sweden was heavliy pregnant, just about to deliver puppies, according to information from the County Board which executed the protective hunt.
10 or 11 wolves killed
Except for the female wolf, two male wolves were also shot at the same time. This means that the Governmental allowence for hunt of three wolves resulted in shooting of about 10 or 11 wolves, including the puppies about to be delivered.
Had not caused problems
The wolves of the area had not yet caused any problems; they were killed to prevent future damage. This is not allowed according to statements from the EU commisionary Janez Potocnik:
- I am reassured that the new measures only concern lethal control of problem-causing wolves; no licensed hunt will take place in 2012