From the Baltic News Network:
Latvia is committed to becoming a leader in Europe in terms of preservation and increase of nature capital. However, practice shows that the interests of hunters, forest managers and farmers have forced the country to forget about declared goals, as concluded in the report by State Audit.
Hunting limits for species under special protection in Europe – lynxes, wolves – and ungulates are set based on the numbers of animals. However, this information tends to differ from source to source. For example, the information differs in regards to lynxes differs up to eight times. This also opens the way for data manipulation – especially in regards to decisions on the permitted number of animals to be hunted, State Audit notes.