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Finnish hunters have been authorised to kill nearly 20% of the country’s wolf population in a controversial trial cull that begins this weekend, aimed at managing stocks.

Authorities hope the sanctioned hunt of nearly 50 of the country’s estimated 250 grey wolves will curb illegal poaching, which some rural landowners have resorted to in recent years after seeing wolves on their property, sometimes killing their dogs and livestock.

“We wish to gain experience [to see] if this could be one solution to the conflict around wolves,” Sauli Härkönen, a director tasked with hunting administration at the Finnish Wildlife Agency, told AFP.

Poachers in Finland reduced the country’s wolf population to 120-135 in 2013. Photograph: Steve McKinzie/Getty Images/Flickr RF

The cull begins on Saturday, with quotas for specific regions and carried out by licensed hunters.

To protect the animal, no culls were authorised between 2007 and 2015, after the European commission accused Finland of breaching EU protection rules on the endangered species, resulting in widespread poaching in Finland.

In 2015, Finland resumed its first authorised trial hunt in a bid to address the rift between animal rights activists and landowners. The conflict escalated in 2013 when a group in the rural western municipality of Perho who saw the animals as a threat took the law into their own hands and killed three wolves. Twelve men were prosecuted and found guilty.

Poachers throughout the country’s vast and remote forests had reduced the total wolf population to between 120 and 135 animals in 2013, from an estimated 250 to 300 in 2007. Since 2013, the wolf population has rebounded to around 250, but many Finns have a deep-rooted fear of wolves.

Rural residents frequently express concern for the safety of their dogs and livestock, while some claim their children are in danger, though there have been no reported attacks on people in modern times.

Environmentalists worry the month-long cull may destroy the wolves’ genetic diversity.

The first trial cull was held in 2015 with 24 permits, and 17 wolves were killed. This year the number of permits has been nearly doubled to 46, causing an uproar among protectionists.

“The population should be at least twice as big for it to be genetically healthy,” said Mari Nyyssölä-Kiisla, head of the wolf action group of the Finnish Nature League.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 21 Jan 2016.


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Adrienne Seltz

Here in Oregon, USA they found that livestock depredations actually DECREASED when they placed a moratorium on wolf killing. So, you see, the science is already there…this is just another excuse to kill wolves and appease ranchers who need to learn to coexist with wildlife for the betterment of the entire ecosystem. Finland has been particulariy hard on wolves…shame on you. The big bad wolf IS A MYTH!!!!!

Bruzzi Herman

Senseless

Aline Lerougetel

it make me feel sick to see this barbaric killing and or beautiful wolves or any others wilds animals

Robin Pugh Pacios Johnson

Yes

Nandia Black

Wolves are essential to a healthy and balanced ecosystem. I strongly oppose the killing of these magnificent wolves!

Oceah Le Bask

Yes

Ute Christner

Schutz für diese Tiere!!!

Linda Burgess

Yes it needs to be stopped. Why kill them they done nothing to hurt anyone. I love all animals. I trust animals with my life better then the human race.

Rosemary Thomas

Soon they will become extinct, like England. They are an important part of your ecosystem.

Ursula Sand

stop killing wolves. and make cruelty and sexual abuse with animals illegal.

Tina Gulien

Stop killing animals! Leave the wolves wolves.

Billy Angus

The vast majority has spoken..
STOP KILLING OUR WOLVES,
YA' INBRED NEANDETHAL HOCKEY-PUCKS!!

Rhonda Rae Marcure

Wolves need our voice!! This killing needs to stop!

Leigh Lofgren

These people make me sick – what is wrong with you and this MUST be stopped. What a horrendous policy and all we do is kill…stop!

Elaine Christie

Any cull is unacceptable but mostly the wolf as it is the most maligned animal. The most dangerous animal is man, I'd rather eliminate them!

Jytte Fredholm Ferreira
Volves are a naural part of nature and is absolutely nessesary to keep the eco balacw in check. The fact that Finland has issued permits to kill 50 out of 250 wolfs is beynd any logical reasoning. Instead of 250 wolfs there should really be 2500 wolves.That would be normal and if the yearly hunt of Moose and Dear was cut down there would be plenty of food for the wolves and they would only take the weakest animals hence enforcing a stonger and better breed of all the wild creatures in Finland. If farmers are worried about live stock… Read more »
Chris Coma Williams
In what way is this a trial???? They intend to kill 20% of the population so 20% of the population will probably die. How will that stop poaching. People will still hunt Wolves if they want to and nothing is done to prevent them. Having less Wolves just makes it slightly more difficult. When Hitler decided he wanted to slaughter the Jews in WW2, did we protect the Jews by slaughtering 20% of them to give the Germans less to kill? What kind of messed up logic is this? Maybe we should slaughter 20% of the hunters? 250 wolves in… Read more »
Roy Burns

Stop killing animals! Leave the wolves wolves.

Barbara Bussell

WOLVES ARE OUR BEST CONSERVATION

Wendé Anne Maunder

Obviously the answer is ‘YES!.

Uta Heymann

No hunting of wolves!
They are too important for the eco-system.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

culling is a pathetic euphemism for organized blood lust!!!

Nina Gaekward Cheng

ANIMAL CRUELTY SHOULD AND MUST STOP.No humans got rights to hurt animals.Animals have rights 100%.Just because they are animals that doesn't give any savage mankind to go and shoot them and torture them.STOP/BAN/END ANIMAL CRUELTY BECAUSE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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