Concerns for animals rise again

Never before have state animal protection authorities received so many complaints about the owners of both pets and livestock in Norway. Many more of those responsible for animals also were fined, reported to police or legally denied the right to own animals. Newspaper Aftenposten reported this week that the state agency responsible for animal welfare, […]

Wolf shot while out stalking more sheep

Hunters authorized to shoot a wolf that’s believed to have killed more than 100 free-grazing sheep this summer think they succeeded during the night. They claim they shot a large female wolf in Østre Toten, just as she was stalking more sheep. “It’s hopefully the one that’s been ravaging flocks all summer,” Kjell Bakken, leader of the […]

Østmarka wolves have a new litter

New film from special cameras set up in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka has captured new wolf pups, believed to be the offspring of a wolf pair that settled in the area last winter. Two of the young wolves were photographed in mid-July. Wildlife enthusiasts are pleased while local farmers are likely to be unhappy because […]

Center Party now targeting eagles

Norway’s farmer-friendly Center Party, which has long wanted to shoot more wolves, is moving forward with plans to target eagles as well. It claims there are now so many kongeørn (golden eagles) in Norway that they’re threatening grazing livestock. “The golden eagles are a problem for grazing animals, especially along the coast,” Marit Arnstad, the Center Party’s […]

Tourists accused of stealing goats’ bells

Farmer Reidar Stenberg, who’s raising around 200 goats on his mountain property at the foot of Hallingskarvet, is fed up with tourists who steal the bells that hang around the necks of some of his free-grazing animals. Such theft is “totally disrespectful,” claims the farmers’ national organization Norges Bondelaget. Stenberg operates the Presthold Geitestøl in the […]

Police probe cattle injuries

A cattle owner in Valdres has reported injuries suffered by 10 of his free-grazing cattle to police after the animals were found bloody and with deep cuts earlier this week. One cow had to have her tail amputated and it’s feared someone has intentionally abused the small herd. Farmer Embrik Før of Vestre Slidre found his herd injured and […]

Grazing cattle slaughtered by a train

Fourteen cattle that had wandered from their open grazing area in Trøndelag onto nearby railroad tracks were run over buy a cargo train on its way from Oslo to Trondheim early Monday. The horrific accident raises new questions about how Norwegian farmers control their livestock. In this case, farmer John Egil Ulvin claimed his cattle had run […]

Kangaroo on Karmøy injured, put to death

A kangaroo that escaped from a zoo on the Norwegian island of Karmøy last week ended up being put to death over the weekend. Veterinarians claimed the kangaroo suffered a foot injury while on the run that couldn’t be mended. The female kangaroo, which literally hopped out of the Haugaland Zoo during feeing time last […]

Fugitive kangaroo caught on Karmøy

Residents of Karmøy on Norway’s west coast were startled to see a kangaroo hopping about their island this week. The kangaroo had escaped from the Haugaland Zoo but was back in captivity on Thursday and resting at a local animal clinic. “We got her in the end,” the zoo’s general manager Bernt Kai Velde told state […]

Solberg joins wolf hunt

Prime Minister Erna Solberg headed up to Hadeland, north of Oslo, on Thursday to express support for those trying to hunt down a wolf suspected of attacking more than 110 sheep during the past week. Lambs face more threats much farther north in Nordland, after crows and ravens attacked them and hacked out their eyes. “It […]