Swiss decide on law to ease curbs on wolf shooting

26 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Swiss decide on law to ease curbs on wolf shooting

ILANZ: The Swiss government says the revisions give more power to cantons to regulate wolves while still ensuring that packs thrive. The last hunting law dates from the 1980s, before wolves returned permanently to the country.

Foes of the changes say they hand too much power to the regions, including in Valais where some have called for their extermination.

They also contend the 300-500 Swiss sheep, goats and cattle lost annually to wolf raids represent just a fraction of the thousands killed by disease or accidents, reports the World News. Given some 87% of livestock killed by the carnivores were unprotected, according to one Swiss canton’s tally, pro-wolf groups argue heavily-subsidized farmers should deploy more fences, shepherds and herd dogs, not guns.


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