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 […]

Wolf debate ‘blown out of proportion’

It was the wildlife preservationists’ turn on Saturday to demonstrate by the thousands in favour of protecting Norway’s roughly 60 surviving wolves. As their demonstrations to halt a highly controversial wolf hunt took place in towns and cities around the country, researchers claim the debate over wolves in Norway has become unreasonably bitter and is […]

Permission granted to shoot another wolf

State authorities have given hunters in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark permission to shoot and kill a third wolf this winter. They claim there’s an unusual number of wolves in Finnmark at present, and they’re blamed for attacking more than 60 reindeer and free-grazing sheep last year. Newspaper Sør-Varanger avis reported Tuesday that hunters can […]

Anti-wolf activists howl in Oslo again

Killing two more wolves on New Year’s Day wasn’t enough to satisfy those who view the predator as a threat to their livestock or safety in the great outdoors. Nor is the fact that more wolves are being shot than ever before. Anti-wolf activists, mostly farmers and residents of rural areas, marched through Oslo again […]

More wolves shot amid boycott fears

Around 130 hunters in eastern Norway spent New Year’s Day stalking and quickly killing two more wolves, after conservationists failed to obtain an injunction to halt it. One legal expert has warned that the highly controversial wolf hunt exposes Norway to international boycotts of export products and services. Norway’s wolf hunts, demanded mostly by farmers […]

Oslo prepares to protect its wolves

Oslo city officials are making moves to protect predators in the vast forests surrounding the Norwegian capital. Many residents have reacted positively to wolves in their midst, in contrast to the fear that pervades rural areas. Newspaper Dagsavisen reports that more wolves have been tracked down in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka and the […]

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 […]

Wolf shot near Oslo

Another wolf was shot in the hills northwest of Oslo over the weekend, in the forest known as Krokskogen. Authorization had been issued, and the wolf wandered right into the firing line of a hunter otherwise waiting for moose. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the female wolf was shot in the area of Krokskogen, a popular […]

Wolf supporters join meat boycott

The ongoing battle between those trying to preserve Norway’s wolf population and farmers wanting to preserve free-grazing traditions for their sheep and lambs has moved into grocery stores. Wolf supporters are joining a boycott rooted in social media against the purchase of all meat caught in conflicts. Sausage made from sheep meat in Norway (called […]

Wolf pups found in eastern Oslo forest

Norwegian wildlife authorities have confirmed the discovery of a litter of baby wolves in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka. That brings the number of new wolf litters to three in Norway and a fourth along the border to Sweden, prompting other state officials to authorize a new wolf hunt this winter that’s sure to […]