Finland to start 2nd govt-sanctioned trial wolf hunt

Finnish authorities say a second, government-sanctioned trial wolf hunt is set to begin Saturday in an attempt to manage numbers and curb poaching.

Finland's state Wildlife Agency says 46 licenses have been given out for the hunting period that ends Feb. 21. The agency said Friday 17 that wolves were killed in 2015, the first year of the trial cull.

People in remote areas of Finland have been killing wolves considered threats to people and livestock. But there have been no reported wolf attacks on people in recent years.

The Finnish Nature League's Wolf Action Group has staged protests and seeks to change local attitudes toward wolves, saying there is "unnecessary fear and hatred."

According to the Natural Resources Institute, Finland had an estimated 245 wolves in January 2015.