Man charged with poisoning chimpanzee

A Norwegian man in his 40s with a criminal record has admitted to throwing bottles filled with amphetamine-laced drinks into the chimpanzee enclosure at the zoo in Kristiansand. Norway’s legendary chimp named Julius knew how to open the bottles, and the results were frightening. “He (the suspect) said that he’d been thinking for awhile that he […]

Police probe attempt to poison wolves

Someone has tried to poison Norway’s largest wolf pack, known as Kynnareviret, which roams in an area between Våler and Åsnes in Hedmark County. Police have found poisoned bait in six separate locations this winter, not far from the cadaver of a moose that had been killed by wolves just before the Christmas holidays. “This […]

Musk ox shot in Dovre

Seven of Norway’s Arctic musk ox that wander around the mountains of Dovre were shot in a single day this week, part of an effort to reduce the herd by up to 20. Wildlife authorities claim the goal is to ward off “conflicts” within the herds and between the musk ox and people. County officials […]

Someone wanted to poison Julius

Norway’s most famous chimpanzee, Julius, fell seriously ill during the recent winter holiday week after drinking the contents of a plastic bottle that someone tossed into his chimp enclosure at the country’s largest zoo in Kristiansand. The bottle contained narcotics, sending the chimp into a dangerous psychosis. “We’re shocked,” Rolf-Arne Ølberg, zoo veterinarian, stated on […]

Rabies threatens Svalbard reindeer

Authorities on Norway’s Arctic island group of Svalbard have burned the carcass of a local reindeer suspected of being infected with rabies. The reindeer’s hind legs had become lame, an indication of the rabies virus. The burned carcass has sparked debate on Svalbard, for being what some call a “grotesque” response, but veterinarians and local […]

Hunters shoot fox after baby clawed

Norwegians’ habit of letting their babies nap outdoors in their carriages was being questioned once again this week, after a fox was found inside a carriage and had clawed a baby’s face. Hunters reported Friday that they think they found and shot the fox, while debate flew over babies being left out in the cold. […]

Wolf hunt rules set off more howling

Climate and Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen came home from the UN climate meeting in Poland to immediately face howling from all sides, once again over Norway’s growing but still fragile wolf population. Now no one is happy, because Elvestuen is allowing a hunt in a protected zone for the first time, but not allowing hunts […]

Government rejects more farm crisis aid

Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale has turned down farmers’ demands for more crisis aid after this summer’s drought, at least for now. The farmers aren’t the only ones hollering for help either, with horse stables and golf courses facing destruction and financial losses, too. Dale and Prime Minister Erna Solberg responded once again to the […]

Farmers demand more crisis help

The state agriculture ministry has rolled out 11 new measures to further help farmers tackle Norway’s worst drought in more than 50 years. Farmers’ lobbyists didn’t appear particularly grateful or satisfied, however, and some were already demanding more crisis aid and state protection from looming financial losses on Tuesday. “It’s not money that there’s first […]

Drought may force cattle slaughter

High temperatures and a lack of rain in Southern Norway have left farmers claiming they’ll have to slaughter cattle this fall. The reason: There won’t be enough hay to feed their livestock through the winter. The farmers’ initial harvest of grass grown for cattle feed amounts to just 40 percent of normal supplies, after the […]