6 Feb 2011

Swedish Govt to be prosecuted over wolf hunt

8:39 am on 6 February 2011

The European Union is preparing to prosecute the Swedish Government after it again allowed the hunting of wild wolves.

The ABC reports this season's quota was half filled in the first day of hunting.

Conservationists say there are only 180 - 220 wolves left in the wild in Sweden. The Environmental Protection Agency says only 27 can be shot.

Hunters argue the kill is all about ensuring the wolves' survival. They insist there are measures to prevent them shooting too many.

The hunt will end before the mating season begins in mid-February.