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Estonian hunters have shot 63 wolves so far this season

BC, Tallinn, 01.02.2018.Print version

 With one month left until the end of the wolf hunting season, hunters in Estonia have shot 63 wolves, including 60 as part of regular permitted kills and three on the basis of special permits, reports LETA/BNS.

Among individual counties, the biggest numbers had been shot by Monday in Voru County, 11, and eight each in the counties of Parnu and Rapla. The number of kills in Jarva county so far this season is seven.

Fifteen of the wolves shot across Estonia were suffering from the skin infection known as sarcoptic mange. The disease was found in wolves shot in the counties of Viljandi, West-Viru, Parnu, Saare and Jarva.

Estonian Hunters' Society, which published the figures, said that where in 2011-2015 cyclicality could be observed in the incidence of sarcoptic mange in the Estonian wolf population, the incidence of the disease has remained high since 2016. The skin infection was found in approximately 30 percent of the killed animals this year, the highest such ratio of all time.

Wolf hunting season in Estonia runs from November to the end of February and the limit of kills this year is 106.

In the 2016/2017 hunting season the number of permitted kills was 117 and 114 wolves were actually shot.

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