She has lost her mate to a hunter's bullet and now Susi is fleeing for her life. Her crime? Being a wolf - she and her mate were attacking herds of reindeer, stock that the Sami people rely on for their livelihood.
The Sami are one of the very last truly nomadic peoples left on the planet. They rely on their reindeer so much that the reindeer are protected, allowed to roam at large and at will, on public land and on private.
But Susi is one of the last, if not THE last, scion of a genetically pure line of wolves - and the wolves in Sweden are in serious danger from inbreeding. The wolf population in Finland has plummeted - they are dying too soon; the few pups being born often suffer congenital problems causing early death.
Today, the population of Finnish wolves in the entire country is less than 200.
There is no need to kill Susi and a great need not to kill her. There are so many alternatives:
- she could be relocated to another part of the country where she will hopefully attach to another male and her strong, healthy DNA could revitalize a fading gene pool.
- she could be trapped and moved to a nature reserve such as the one in Haliburton, where wolves live with as little interaction with humans as possible but are provided their food to keep them in top health.
Destroying Susi could be the death knell for an entire species and that is absolutely unacceptable.