Wolves’ saviour faces ouster

UPDATED: Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen from the Conservative Party faces a lack of confidence vote in Parliament, after he halted a wolf hunt approved last year by the Parliament because the justice ministry deemed it was illegal. Now the anti-wolf movement led by the opposition Center Party plans to order Helgesen to change current regulations to allow shooting […]

Wolf sightings soar not far from Oslo

Residents of Akershus and Østfold counties have been reporting numerous wolf sightings during the past week. Most describe the wolf they’ve seen as “big and beautiful,” and one wildlife expert thinks it may be the same young wolf out exploring on his own. “It’s at this time of year that young wolves wander out of […]

Animal tragedy unfolds near Bodø

Hundreds of pigs were feared to have been burned alive early Tuesday after a blaze engulfed the barn where they were housed at Fenes, not far from Bodø in Northern Norway. Veterinarians needed to determine whether an estimated 300 pigs that survived would also need to be slaughtered because of smoke inhalation and stress. State broadcaster NRK described […]

Minister clears the way for mass reindeer slaughter

After receiving what’s been called “brutal and unambiguous” advice from veterinary experts, Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale told Norway’s food safety and animal welfare authorities this week to prepare for the country’s largest mass slaughter ever. An entire herd of wild reindeer must be eliminated, they claim, to prevent the further spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). […]

Wild reindeer face a mass slaughter

Wildlife authorities fear that two large herds of wild reindeer that roam Norway’s central mountain plateau called Hardangervidda have been infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). They also fear that the only way to halt the spread of the disease is through a mass slaughter of as many as 13,000 of the majestic animals. “This […]

Wolves stable in numbers, attack fewer sheep

New statistics from Rovdata, which tracks Norway’s wolf population, indicate there are now between 84 and 91 wolves in the country and roaming back and forth over the Norwegian-Swedish border. Nearly 40 are registered as roaming only in Norway, and they seem to be attacking fewer free-grazing sheep. “Our field work has given us a […]

Seized snake stolen

Customs authorities in Kristiansand, on the southern tip of Norway, made a surprise discovery during a routine inspection of a car driving off a ferry from Denmark. They found a boa constrictor in the car that also contained three young men. Local newspaper Agderposten reported that one of the young men, all from Rogaland County, claimed […]

Legal loophole may allow new wolf hunt

The Norwegian government, which dramatically pared back a major wolf hunt in Norway this winter on the grounds it could be illegal, was all but ordered by a majority in Parliament on Tuesday to come up with a “broader” interpretation of the Norwegian law meant to ensure wildlife diversity. Finding a new legal loophole could allow the government to reverse its […]

New statistics may save the wolves

Never have state wildlife officials registered so few predator attacks on Norway’s freely grazing livestock as in the past year. Hopes are rising that the new statistics may prompt reversal of a highly controversial order to kill off nearly two-thirds of the country’s recently re-built wolf population. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on its nightly newscast Dagsrevyen Sunday that […]

Government won’t ban fur farms

The Norwegian government has backed away from calls to phase out the country’s highly controversial fur industry. Despite repeated cases of animals found badly injured and traumatized, the state agriculture ministry is opting to give fur farmers yet another chance, albeit under stricter rules. Protests were already streaming in, after newspaper Dagbladet reported that the fur farms would […]