Poaching of wolves and other predators are at a high level for many years. For about 50% of the radiolabeled wolves found dead during the years 1998-2011 was the cause of death illegal hunting and probably illegal hunting, see graphic below (Source: Skandulv). For adult wolverines is the figure even higher.
By 2017 wolf home-ranges in Värmland and Dalarna are emptied at an alarming rate, most likely as a result of highly coordinated poaching. Predators are also poisoned, run over by scooter or car, shot at carrions, caught in illegal traps. Illegal surveillance cameras are commonly used to prepare for the killing and to keep track of predator and human movements in the forest. The Anti Poaching field work to prevent poaching is extremely urgent and will become increasingly important. Not only concerning endangered predators but all wild life.
Wolf-war - a shilling documentary about the highy coordinated covert criminal networs that strives to exterminate wolf from Scandinavia.
Unfortunately not subtitled in English.
Cause of death figures for wolf and wolverine in Sweden. (Yellow = likely by poaching/illegal hunt, Brown=proven poaching/illegal hunt, Green=legal hunt, Light brown=trafic, Light green=natural cause, Mint green=unknown