Norway’s Supreme Court has stiffened the sentences several men were handed after they were found guilty of illegal wolf hunting. The high court stressed that wolf hunting is a criminal offense unless sanctioned by the authorities in special circumstances.
Five men were indicted and later convicted for allegedly illegal wolf hunting in Hedmark County, eastern Norway. Their got off with lighter sentences in an appeals court but the Supreme Court claimed the prison terms were too mild.
The high court also stressed that the men had planned to shoot three wolves, two of which were a breeding pair. The main defendant, viewed as a ringleader among the men, was sentenced to a year in prison while the acquittal of one of the men was overturned. All the defendants have lost their right to hunt for three years.