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 […]

Wolves’ fate left up to this man

Norway’s government minister in charge of environmental and climate issues, Vidar Helgesen, will now have to decide the fate up to 24 wolves that county officials want to shoot within established wolf zones. A pending slaughter reaffirmed by local authorities on Monday has sparked strong protests both inside and outside the country. By a vote of […]

More suffering minks found at fur farms

Norwegian fur farms face a highly uncertain future after repeated reports of negligence and injured animals in recent years. Now state regulators have found more suffering minks, and say it’s difficult to secure animal welfare at the farms. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday that exasperation among the authorities at state food and animal safety agency Mattilsynet […]

Thousands turned out to save the wolves

Several thousand Norwegians demonstrated in front of the Parliament in Oslo over the weekend, to protest plans by state officials to kill 47 wolves this winter. The planned state wolf hunt has also sparked protests from around the world. Wolves nearly became extinct in Norway before state conservationists set about rebuilding the wolf population in […]

Norway’s wolf hunt catches foreign flak

An announcement late last week that Norwegian authorities would approve the hunting of 47 wolves this autumn and winter has been met with a barrage of criticism from abroad. Local environmentalists and conservationists are upset, too. The large British newspaper The Guardian reported how the Norwegians were planning to kill off two-thirds of their wolf population, […]

Dead reindeer will be left to rot

More than 300 dead reindeer will be left on a remote mountain plateau in Hardanger where they were found by a Norwegian wildlife inspector just before last weekend. State environmental authorities have decided against mounting a major operation to remove all the cadavers. “We have no plans to carry the dead animals down from the plateau,” Erik […]

Lightning killed 322 wild reindeer

UPDATED: An inspector for Norway’s wildlife and environmental protection  agency Statens naturoppsyn (SNO) encountered an animal tragedy while out making his rounds on a mountain plateau just before the weekend. More than 300 wild reindeer, including 70 calves, were found dead in a radius of just 50 to 60 meters. Knut Nylend told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Sunday […]

Reindeer giddy over mushrooms

It’s early autumn in Norway already, and the forests are full of mushrooms this year, some of them hallucinogenic. They’ve been discovered by reindeer out grazing, and sometimes getting higher than a kite. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported this week how motorists in Sør-Trøndelag have seen some very unusual behaviour among reindeer who appear absolutely giddy. […]

Polar bears trap family in their cabin

Two polar bears, apparently a mother and her cub, spent the weekend circling a family’s cabin on Svalbard, while the family was inside. Plans for an outdoor barbecue on Saturday evening had to be cancelled. “When they were closest, they were right under our window,” Helene Renate Hvedding, who has lived on Svalbard for 16 years, […]