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Planned cull endangers Swedish wolf population

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In May, the Swedish Parliament announced a goal to reduce the Swedish wolf population from about 400 to about 200 individuals. This action further threatens this highly endangered population, which is genetically isolated and inbred. Scientific advice for improvements has not been implemented. The Swedish Parliament proposed this drastic cull at a time when biodiversity is a global focus. The 50-year anniversary of the first UN conference on the environment was celebrated in June, and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will soon finalize its global biodiversity framework for 2020 to 2050. Sweden’s actions are inconsistent with the country’s obligations under the CBD and European Union law……

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