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Sweden says wolf hunt will proceed

Sweden says wolf hunt will proceed
Arctic wolf brothers, Kenai and Keeli, wrestle at the San Diego Zoo on July 8, 2010. UPI/Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo | License Photo

BRUSSELS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Sweden's licensed wolf hunt violates the European Union's environmental laws, the European Commission said.

The European Commission Thursday formally reported the hunt to the EU, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

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The commission is the executive body of the European Union. Both have headquarters in Belgium.

Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said the hunt would go forward as planned, and said Sweden plans to strengthen its wolf population by introducing new wolves.

"We're now taking a collective step in order to get viable wolves," Carlgren said.

He said the decision to add new wolves would be made locally. Officials have limited the wolf population at 210 animals.

"This isn't coming as an answer to the commission's questions," Carlgren said. "One or a few adult wolves will be moved later this year or next year, but that will only happen after they've been under close observation and have undergone a thorough examination by veterinarians."

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik has issued several previous statements in which he said Sweden's wolf hunt violates EU laws.

Potocnik said it is "highly doubtful" Sweden's wolf policy complies with EU environmental legislation.

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Carlgren said he believes Sweden will prevail in the dispute.

"We'll continue to inform the commission about our work and I'm convinced that we'll be able to assuage the doubts that the commission has about our wolf policy," Carlgren said. "We think that policies for Swedish predatory animal policies should be set in Sweden, according to Swedish circumstances, not in Brussels."

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