In this image made from video taken on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, a wolf walks through the snow at a wolf enclosure in Ranua Wildlife Park in Ranua, Finland. (AP Video via AP)
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Finland on Saturday began a controversial wolf cull that gives hunters the right to kill around one fifth of the endangered animals, in a decision that has angered environmentalists.Authorities hope the trial cull of 46 of Finland's estimated 250 grey wolves will curb illegal poaching, which some rural landowners have resorted to in recent years after seeing wolves roaming their property, sometimes killing dogs and livestock.Harkonen said the first wolf, a male, was killed in the country's east on Saturday.Hunters were given permission to take out 24 wolves last year, though only 17 were killed.Poachers throughout the country's vast and remote forests reduced the total wolf population to between 120 and 135 animals in 2013, but numbers have since rebounded to around 250, similar to 2007 levels.Local residents in Perho claim there are still between 10 to 20 wolves in the area -- a figure they deem too high.
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