Friday, January 29, 2010

Sweden: Illegal Lynx Traps Investigated


Sweden’s wild cats are suffering unnecessary cruelty due to illegal traps set by hunters, according to a new study from the national veterinary institute.

The study, commissioned by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), found that almost a half of Sweden’s lynx population captured during hunts have splinters in their stomachs as well as injured teeth and paws from trying to escape from badly designed traps.

During the hunting season in Sweden about a third of lynx are caught in traps. Certain traps are official approved, yet authorities have discovered many cases of illegally trapped animals in recent years.

“It’s scandalous that there isn’t better control over what kind of trap is used to catch lynx,” said Tom Arnbom, a biologist with WWF.


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