Norway plans to cull 47 of its remaining 68 wolves

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     yesterday in Environment
Norwegian wildlife department is planning to issue hunting permits to shoot up to 47 of an estimated 68 remaining wolves living in wilderness citing harm done to livestock by the carnivores.

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Norway, which has more than 200,000 registered hunters, has one of Europe’s smallest wolf populations. Around a quarter of the country’s wolves were killed in culls during the previous years. The animals, most of which are in a designated habitat in the southeast of the country , were nearly wiped out in the last century, and restored in the 1970’s after they gained protected status. The government strictly controls their breeding to protect the livestock.

Many conservation groups have expressed outrage over the decision to cull more than two-thirds of the remaining wolves. The number of wolves to be culled is the highest in a year since 1911. Nina Jensen, the head of the Norwegian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said:

This is mass slaughter. We have not seen anything like this in a hundred years, back when the policy was that all large carnivores were to be eradicated. Shooting 70 percent of the wolf population is not worthy of a nation claiming to be championing environmental causes. People all over the country, and outside its borders, are now reacting.

Farmers have welcomed the hunting of wolves as they are considered a threat to their sheep. Erling Aas-Eng, a regional official for a farming association said:

We find the reason (for the killing) justified and intelligent, especially the potential damage that these wolf packs represent to farming.

Norway’s annual wolf hunting begins on October 1 and ends on March 31. Last year, a whopping 11,571 people signed up for licenses to kill 16 wolves.

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17 thoughts on “Norway plans to cull 47 of its remaining 68 wolves

  1. I was shocked to read this. Isn’t if awful. Like in the US, they’ll have to keep some around to blame livestock losses on, because if they don’t, how will their losses by compensated for by the government? Where was it that a lightening storm wiped out an entire herd of reindeer? They can’t have the hunters shoot lightning, or can they? Unjustified and stupid. I guess there’s nothing else to do, if thousand of hunters clamor to kill 16 wolves!

  2. Thought Norwegians were much more attuned to nature and would not rely on such drastic, stupid measures. What on earth is wrong with people in charge both in Europe, around the world and here?

  3. It should be a national embarrassment, and a crime against Nature. The Scandinavian countries do have a reputation of being progressive, but it doesn’t appear to be the case with their wildlife and the environment. Other European countries seem to be becoming more progressive!

    • The Scandanavian countries were home to the Vikings who raped, pillaged and murdered their way around the world, without mercy. Their progressive reputation is a recent invention. We’ll see how long it lasts, when push comes to shove.

    • Renee, I believe there is a special strain of violence in Europeans that has been demonstrated again and again for thousands of years. Yes, there are evil, selfish and violent humans everywhere, in China, etc, but Europe has historically more of such wicked mass slaughtering bastards of people and wildlife than anywhere else.

  4. These are the same selfish, greedy and violent European nature destroyers who came to this continent and commenced slaughtering native people and native wildlife here. Curses on every Norwegian who approves of this slaughter. If the United States government and state agencies respected, valued and protected the continent’s wolves and other natural predators, I believe it is more than likely the Norwegians and others around the world would follow our lead. By commiting the sins the US has commited, against native people and wildlife, by not atoning for them and by continuing to commit more violence and destruction, the United States has surrendered any positive leadership it has left.
    This is a beautiful world but humans are a corrupt, selfish and violent species. As Farley Mowat stated towards the end of his long life, the world would be much better without us.
    I will never stop fighting for wolves and will never surrender to any of the human bastards out there. But it certainly is tough to be an animal lover and wildlife defender.

    • For centuries wolves have been the victims of the worst human instincts. In the Old World, myth and superstition often drove the killing. In the New World, religious beliefs performed the same function. The wilderness was viewed as a place of evil, and the howls of the wolves represented the satanic. The wild lands and their demonic inhabitants had to be brought under control, made safe, under the hand of God.

      In his book “Vicious: The History of Wolves and Men in America,” Jon T. Colman recounts the sadistic torture and killing of wolves that is more demonic than anything the Puritans could conjured up in their nightmares. Coleman said there was a shared conviction that wolves not only deserved death, they deserved to be punished for living.

      If we knew what went on in some of those traps in the woods in our own time, I suspect we would recognize the same old horrors Coleman shudders about–still being enacted, like some devil’s drama that can’t end.

      The acts of the play continue in Norway, America, and wherever wolves have the misfortune to meet us.

      • More unspeakable horrors have been done in the name of religions than anything else on earth. I hate that it was brought to this beautiful continent. It’s another unfortunate trait of human nature.

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