Another wolf has been illegally shot and killed in Switzerland, where the animals are protected by law. It’s the second confirmation of the killing of the protected species within the space of a week.
The issue of killing wolves in Switzerland has been hotly debated at both the local and federal levels of government, with some arguing farmers should be free to kill wolves threatening their livestock and others pointing out that they remain a protected species. Last week, a controversial motion to allow wolves to be freely hunted failed in parliament.external link
The latest wolf to be found dead was shot in canton Graubünden by unidentified persons. The carcass was discovered by forestry workers on Tuesday. It had been dumped under a road bridge in the municipality of Sils im Domleschg, though it is believed that the actual shooting took place elsewhere.
The wolf is believed to have been a young male born in 2015, the Graubünden Office for Hunting and Fishing said on Thursday. They have filed an official complaint against persons unknown.
The carcass has been handed over to the University Of Bern Institute Of Animal Pathology for examination.
Another wolf was found in canton Valais on March 12, also dead of a gunshot wound.
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