Norway is in the midst of yet another state-authorized wolf hunt, aimed at reducing the numbers of predators that threaten free-grazing livestock and some rural residents. The 11th wolf in one pack was shot over the weekend.
The goal was to eliminate the entire pack known as Kynna in the Åsnes area in eastern Norway. Newspaper Østlendingen reported that it now appears all 11 members of the pack have been shot.
A total of 14 wolves have been targeted in the hunt that began January 1, when snow on the ground makes it easier to track the wolves. Five were controversially shot on the first day inside a zone otherwise set aside as a safe area for wolves.
Two of three wolves were also shot in the Aurskog pack that’s been roaming around the Aurskog-Høland area northeast of Oslo.