Sweden stops wolf hunts; hunts begin in Latvia

Licensed hunts not taking place in Sweden this winter

Licensed hunts for wolves are not taking place in Sweden this winter. A government decision has banned the controversial practice, although it may resume it next winter. However, ceiling for the culling of 210 wolves for wildlife management purposes has been taken away, something that could result in more wolves than this number being killed.
Meanwhile, over in Latvia, the tourist board has announced that “anyone interested in hunting should turn their attention to the excellent opportunities” for individual and group hunts there. The collective hunting season begins on October 1. Latvia has a wide range of prey that can be legally hunted and guest houses throughout the country can organise hunting tours, as can many local travel agencies. Collective hunts can be organised at Smiti, for example, a farmstead that offers more than 4,500 hectares of hunting territory, where guests can hunt animals such as wild boar, moose, lynx, wolves, beavers, deer, rabbits and raccoons. Sometimes bears are known to enter the area and duck hunting in the meadows is also on offer.
The Local / TTG
[pictured: Wolf pack in winter, Yellowstone National Park, USA]