Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry proposes: Wolf quota to be set at 40 individuals outside reindeer herding area
Ministry is proposing a yearly quota of 40 individuals to be killed during 2016-2018 hunting years (2 year period). The amount will be put in to a new consideration in 2017.
The amount of killed wolves will include all known wolf mortality outside reindeer herding area.
The permits will be issued through derogation clauses b and c in Article 16 of Habitats Directive. ( (b) to prevent serious damage, in particular to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries and water and other types of property;
(c) in the interests of public health and public safety, or for other imperative reasons of overriding public interest, including those of a social or economic nature and beneficial consequences of primary importance for the environment;)
The given permits can be put to use immediately, giving more chances to regulate the hunting. (Since the permits won't be active all in the same time)
When the permits are given gradually, it is also easier to keep track of hunted alpha females and effect the hunting has to the wolf population.
The decree will be given for 2 hunting years to ensure the Finnish Wildlife Agency has enough flexibility and interminably to issue the permits for applications that fulfill the requirements.
The decree will be re-examined in the end of 2017.
According to the preliminary estimate made by Natural Resourses Institute, there are 23-28 wolf packs in Finland, out of which 9 are shared with Russia.
Last year the preliminary estimate gave 22-43 packs out of which 10 were shared with Russia
More detailed estimate will be given in December 2016, including more precise knowledge of amount of packs and a preliminary estimate of the amount of wolves.
The final estimate will be given in March 2017