Purpose of import is not due to excessive wolf mortality during the hunt. It is lack of genetic diversity-
Sweden wants to import 20 genetically diverse wolves over the next five years. Although the Swedish Parliament wants to limit the wolf population to about 200 wolves, and so had their first wolf hunt this year, apparently the population is based on too few founding wolves and suffers from inbreeding.
The ill effects of inbreeding do not go away when a population based on just a few animals grows in size. Therefore, the importation of new wolves and the hunt are not related. Regardless of one’s opinion about the wolf hunt, bringing in unrelated wolves will benefit the health of the 200 or so Swedish wolves.
The official number of wolves killed in the recent wolf hunt was 27.
Sweden to import wolves. UPI.com
There is a lesson here for all those people who prefer a “natural” (unassisted recovery) of any animal — unless there is a large in-migration, the renewed population is not likely to be genetically healthy even if it becomes fairly large.