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 because of dense forest and shrubbery in the area, and no snow any longer that can reveal wolf tracks.
The top county officer in Oslo and Akershus authorized a hunt last week after several dozen sheep were found killed or badly injured. On Tuesday another 20 sheep were found attacked and so badly injured that they had to be killed. On Thursday more than 20 more sheep were also found attacked by a wolf in Gran, a rural area in Hadeland just over the hills and southwest of Hurdal.
“We have used dogs to track down the wolf but haven’t had any contact with it,” hunt leader Kjell Bakken told state broacaster NRK. It’s believed that one or two wolves are behind the attacks.