POLL: Should the wolf cull in Finland be stopped?

POLL: Should the wolf cull in Finland be stopped?

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

Authorities hope the sanctioned hunt of nearly 50 of the country’s estimated 250 grey will curb illegal , 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.

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 of breaching EU protection rules on the , 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.

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

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23 thoughts to “POLL: Should the wolf cull in Finland be stopped?”

  1. 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!!!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 there are measures that can be taken that does NOT include the killing of wolfs.

  4. 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 the whole of Finland? I bet 99.9% of Fins have never even seen a wolf in the wild never mind felt threatened by them.

  5. 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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