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Finnish Wildlife Agency issues wolf-hunting exemptions

Finland's wolf population is currently at its highest level for about 100 years, according to figures provided by the Natural Resources Institute.

The exemptions will allow for the culling of 18 wolves. Image: Juha Metso / AOP

The Finnish Wildlife Agency has issued four exemptions to a ban on hunting wolves.

The decision will allow for the culling of a total of 18 wolves next year and is aimed at regulating the growth of Finland's wolf population, the agency said in a press release on Wednesday.

Figures provided by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) earlier this year revealed that the wolf population had hit its highest level for over 100 years.

The agency's exemptions will permit the hunting of eight wolves from the Kuhmo Saunajärvi region of eastern Finland and two from the Liminka-Lumijoki area on the western coast, as well as five wolves from the southwestern region of Kauhajoki-Karvia and three from the Somero, Nummi-Pusula and Tammela areas, also in the southwest.

Each region has received a separate exemption from the national ban on the hunting of the endangered species.

The exemptions will begin on 1 February 2022 and will be valid for 15 days, with each hunting group limited to a maximum of 50 participants, the wildlife agency added.