Wolf News Episodes 3 and 4
Episode 3 talks about wolf hunting. Sweden, as of the time this video was recorded, legalized limited wolf hunting in three regions of its territory. Although the bag limits for wolves during this hunt are very low and restricted, critics say this is a terrible breach of ethics, saying that the Swedish wolf population is too low to withstand a hunt and current populations are suffering from inbreeding as it is thanks to a lack of a stable population.
Meanwhile, Michgan, at the time we filmed this, passed a bill listing wolves as a game animal. However, a wolf hunt does not appear to be on the horizon anytime soon. The push for this bill to pass came after concerns were raised by farmers about protection for their livestock and dogs as well as hunters worrying about a decline in other game animals. There has been a lot of backlash over the passing of this bill as wolf populations aren’t high enough to warrant hunting.
Episode 4 focuses on the complications facing the reintroduction of red wolves in North Carolina. Despite the program starting off on a strong note with the success of cross-fostering and the cooperation of area landowners, the attitude in general has changed. Thanks to misinformation from former program managers and regarding compensation for damages or losses to livestock due to wolves. And again, here, it seems there is a concern about how much of an affect wolves have on game animal populations. What complicates this further is that coyote populations are on the rise without wolves to keep things balances, which is creating similar problems. As far as the extremely low wolf populations go, they are interbreeding with coyotes and as a result, a hybrid species is now taking root in the area, known as coywolves.