Wildlife authorities have confirmed the birth of wolf pups in Oslo’s eastern forest of Østmarka for the first time since the 1800s. It’s believed a large male wolf also recently attacked a dog around 500 meters from a housing development in Rælingen, northeast of the capital.
“That’s just nature,” Bård Vegar Solhjell, the government minister in charge of environmental issues, told newspaper VG. “I’m prepared that there will be conflicts around the wolves as they come closer to us in the capital. It’s important that dog owners realize that the wolves can occasionally attack dogs.”
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported over the weekend that a camera placed by wildlife authorities in Østmarka took photos of two wolf pups last Wednesday. They’re believed to have been born in May and researchers are certain there are at least two pups.
The researchers first discovered the existence of a wolf pair in Østmarka last January, and that chances were high there would be wolf pups in the spring.