April 11, 2009

Slovenia To Balance Wildlife Population

Friday, Slovenian authorities said that they are going to cull 70 brown bears and 10 wolves this year to help maintain a balanced wildlife population, but the hunting quota was markedly less than past records.

"The current population of both species in Slovenia is rather favorable. They have enough living space and appropriate living conditions without any natural enemies," Environment Minister Karl Erjavec said.

According to the environment ministry, Slovenia's bear population is thought to be about 430, while the number of wolves is estimated at between 70 and 100.

The Slovenian government had authorized the culling of around 100 bears annually in recent years, provoking strong protests from domestic and international wildlife groups who said the quota was excessive.