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Court blocks Swedish wolf hunt

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:45 AM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Plans to hold licensed wolf hunts in Sweden were blocked by a Stockholm court on Wednesday following an appeal by environmental groups.

The controversial hunts, wich sought to cull 30 wolves in central Sweden in early February, were part of a new government wildlife policy to reduce wolf numbers.

Responding to an appeal from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SNCC), WWF Sweden and the Swedish Carnivore Association, the Administrative Court declared the hunts "temporarily suspended," citing claims that they violate European Union (EU) conservation laws.

Environmentalists welcomed the ruling and said they were preparing to submit further evidence ahead of a January 30 deadline for a full court case on the legality of the hunts.

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