Eurogroup for Animals and Finnish NGOs demand strict protection for the wolf in the Finnish reindeer herding area

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Eurogroup for Animals and Finnish NGOs demand strict protection for the wolf in the Finnish reindeer herding area

16 September 2015
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Eurogroup for Animals and several Finnish NGOs have addressed the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores in a letter demanding to urgently identify a long term sustainable management strategy of the conflicts between the wolf and the reindeer herders in the reindeer herding area.

Eurogroup for Animals and several Finnish NGOs have addressed the EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores in a letter demanding to urgently identify a long term sustainable management strategy of the conflicts between the wolf and the reindeer herders in the reindeer herding area.

In the whole of Finland the wolf is listed under Annex IV of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), except the few individual wolves still surviving in the Finnish reindeer herding area, which are included in Annex V. This has served as a justification for practically unrestricted hunting of wolves in this area, where no wolf packs exist and, according to the Management Plan for the Finnish Wolf Population, their development should be avoided to prevent damage to reindeer herds.

The persecution of the Finnish wolves in the reindeer herding area is heavily affecting also the survival of the whole Scandinavian wolf population, which is threatened by inbreeding due to its limited number of founders and its isolated position.

>> DOWNLOAD THE LETTER HERE

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