Government allows historic wolf hunt

Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen found a way to circumvent a controversial court order that halted a state-approved winter wolf hunt last week. Helgesen announced Friday that he thus was authorizing new licenses for hunters to shoot 16 wolves within a zone set up for their protection plus another 26 outside the zone. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wolf hunt extended after 70 sheep attacked

Authorities in Oslo,  Akershus and Oppland counties have extended an authorized wolf hunt over the weekend until noon on June 9, after several attacks on free grazing sheep in Hurdal and Gran. Attempts were made throughout the long holiday weekend to track and shoot down the suspected wolf, but they were unsuccessful. The hunt is difficult […]

Wolves blamed for attack on sheep

A sheep rancher near Askim, southeast of Oslo, discovered 20 animals in his flock, mostly lambs, dead or dying on Thursday from what’s believed to be an attack by wolves in the area. The attack comes after many local residents have reported wolf sightings in the area in recent weeks. “It’s sad when something like […]

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 […]