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Open Season on Wolves

Source: Photo: ERR

Wolf season opened on Tuesday with the Environmental Board setting the quota at 115, which is 20 fewer than last season.

Running from November 1 to February 28, wolf season is divided into two parts, and there is a possibility that the quota will be raised in the beginning of 2012, as it was last season.

In recent years, the number of wolves inhabiting Estonia has risen slightly above 200. According to the Environmental Board, the aim is to keep the population in the range of 100 to 200.

Wolves are often the cause of headaches for farmers, having killed 685 sheep, six cattle, seven dogs and a goat this year.

Due to cold winters and thick sea ice in recent years, the number of wolves inhabiting the islands has increased. Hunters are allowed to gun down three wolves on Saaremaa and two on Hiiumaa this year.

 

Ingrid Teesalu

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