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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Help to save Sweden's Wolves

I have no way of quickly validating this story but if it's accurate then the Swedish Government needs to re-consider the way they are dealing with any conflict issues between wolves and reindeer.

Please go to the petition site to register your support for protection of this wolf.

Sponsored on the Care2 Petition site 
by: Mats Carnmarker

Susi, the female wolf, is extremely important to the whole of Sweden's wolf population. She has genes that are "fresh" and different from the rest of the populations which is inbreed. She needs to be
saved at any and every cost.

A most certain decision to kill her will be announced on Tuesday February 19, 2013. (Update Feb 19: A court order has ruled that she may not be touched until a final ruling is achieved and that ruling will come end of this week. Read more at the bottom).
PLEASE keep signing to put pressure on Sweden to save her.

The rest of Sweden's wolves are heavily inbreed and that comes from the state sanctioned hunting and killing off all the important wolves that come into our country.

This is a tactic they have had for many years now, but in this case this wise female eluded the hunters until a temporary court order saved her for a while. This was the first time a court order saved wolves in Sweden.
Since they have killed every partner she has found and therefore can't get a family, she is forced to hunt alone which is not normal for a wolf. Wolves need to live in big families called packs.
Wolves main prey are the elk, but they are too big for a single wolf to take down so she is forced, by the decision makers, to hunt small prey and the most abundant small prey is the reindeer. Since we only have domestic reindeer after eliminating all the wild ones, she can't hunt any other prey than domestic reindeer which in turn is what they, the decision makers, refer to when deciding that she has to die, saying she takes too many reindeer's.

In the Swedish law it's stated that all other measures of protecting live stock has to be taken before a license to kill a predator can be given but that law is toothless and has never been complied with in any case. Wolves are being killed constantly without ever having implemented any of the more normal steps of protecting live stock and same goes for this case. The reindeer's are not at all protected.

The decision makers won't let her get a family and they won't let her hunt the only prey she can hunt without a family.
No matter what she does she's doomed to be killed.

UPDATE Feb 19, 2013
The court has ordered that this wolf is not to be touched until a final ruling has been decided upon and that ruling is to come any day now. 

Unfortunately our "Swedish Environmental Protection Agency" has told media that they will not await such a decision, which means they are breaking the law. Appaling how a state owned agency pretending to stand for the protection of nature and wildlife is actually the one destroying it AND breaking the law. This is how great our democracy is. Don't be fooled by our propaganda. This agency is often deciding against nature and wildlife.

Please go to the petition site to register your support for protection of this wolf.

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