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Danish daily: In spite of special permission: Specially trained commando unit has not yet targeted Denmark’s biggest predator

January 15, 2017

Jyllands-Posten: Specially trained commando unit allowed to shoot 40 gray seals

More than 20 specially trained hunters at the island of Bornholm haven’t killed one sole gray seal. The fishermen want heavier weaponry – and less bureaucracy.

Maybe bureaucracy is working too heavily. Or the problem is not very big. Or maybe Denmark’s biggest predator, the grey seal, is simply too quick and too sly to get for fishers and hunter in collaboration.
It caused a stir and also generated international criticism, when former minister for the environment and food, Esben Lunde Larsen, in May last year approved of a pilot scheme, that allowed for the shooting of 40 individuals of the gray seal, that otherwise is protected in Denmark. The reason was…

Caption: The grey seal has with great success returned to the Danish waters. It is a formidable predator – but also so effective, that it is disturbing for the fishermen at Bornholm. Some hate it so much, that it is also named a “parasite”and “sea-rat”.
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https://jyllands-posten.dk/protected/premium/indland/ECE9291722/specialuddannet-jaegerkorps-maa-skyde-40-graasaeler-ikke-en-er-blevet-skudt/

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