A 100 kilogram bear believed to be responsible for killing several sheep in the Gausdal municipality was shot on Sunday night. It’s the second bear to be shot in Oppland county in the space of a week and the fifth in Norway so far this year, angering animal rights groups.
Hunting permits were granted after five sheep were found dead in Nord-Fron on Friday night, and examinations revealed a bear was responsible. The case was unusual, reported local newspaper Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen, because the sheep were attacked within a fenced area.
Up to 4o men took part in the hunt for the large male bear. A few days earlier another bear was killed in nearby Tretten. The Environment Directorate (Miljødirektoratet) granted permission for the hunts to prevent harm to grazing livestock, which will soon be released into spring fields.
Three other bears have been shot in Norway this year, in Sør-Varanger, Rana and Vefsn. Nine wolves have also been killed. Animal rights organization Noah has spoken out against Oppland county, accusing the governors of having a policy of issuing “preventative hunting” licenses which the Parliament should crack down on.