Minister survives Center’s attack

Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen survived an effort by the anti-wolf Center Party to unseat him on Tuesday. The Center Party ended up as a target of massive criticism itself after insisting that Helgesen allow at least 32 more wolves to be shot, even though the Justice Ministry claims that would violate Norwegian law and international conventions.  […]

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 […]

Center Party killed national park plan

Norway’s resurgent Center Party promotes a “green” image and champions rural interests, but it puts a higher priority on use of the land than preservation of it. That’s how its political control of a small rural area southeast of Oslo succeeded in halting plans to preserve a portion of the capital’s eastern forest known as […]

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 […]

WWF moves to halt a new wolf hunt

The Norwegian government, under heavy pressure from ranchers, hunters and others who feel threatened by wolves, is now seeking a quick change in the law that currently restricts a new wolf hunt. WWF, the international organization that champions protection of wildlife, quickly vowed on Wednesday that it will sue the government to block the move. “If politicians in […]

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 […]

Wolf saved despite new license to kill

The Norwegian government is standing by its decision to stop a hunt that would have killed off at least two-thirds of the country’s wolf population, but on Tuesday it allowed state authorities to issue a new license to shoot three more wolves in Hedmark and Akershus counties. That pleased both sides in Norway’s heated debate over wolves. The […]

Wolf critics howl over limited hunt

Hundreds of people who feel threatened by the roughly 68 wolves now roaming around eastern Norway turned out for a noisy demonstration in front of the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. They were protesting the government’s refusal to kill 47 of the wolves, and aren’t satisfied that only 15 will be subject to a hunt. The protesters […]

Norway’s wolf hunt may be revived

UPDATED: Vidar Helgesen, the Norwegian government minister who all but shot down a controversial wolf hunt just before Christmas, now finds himself under enormous pressure to allow the full extent of it after all. Hundreds of protesters who feel threatened by wolves were due to gather in Oslo on Wednesday, to demand that roughly two-thirds of Norway’s wolf […]