EcoWatch: Norway to Kill 47 of Its Remaining 68 Wolves

Artikkeldato: 19. 9. 2016

Three wolf packs, including pups, will be shot by hunters during Norway’s annual hunting season, which runs from Oct. 1 to March 31. Last year, 11,571 people applied for licenses to kill just 16 wolves. This season’s allotment would mark the largest wolf kill in the country since 1911.Watch All Girls Weekend (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

«This is an outright mass slaughter. Something similar we have not seen in nearly 100 years, when the policy was that all large carnivores would be destroyed,» Nina Jensen, CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Norway, told The Guardian. «To shoot 70 percent of the wolf population is not worthy of an environmental nation.»

She goes on to note, «This decision includes a wolf family in Letjenna who have not taken or eaten one sheep since they established themselves there in the winter of 2011/2012.»

In Norway, farmers release about 2 million sheep to open grazing lands. Of these, estimates are that 120,000 go missing each year. Those lost include natural accidents, being hit by cars and trains, and predators including wolves and wolverines. Estimates for the numbers lost to wolf predation vary from 380 to 1,800 and may be influenced by Norway’s compensation policy. Along with many other European countries, Norway compensates farmers for livestock losses due to wolves, creating an impetus for inflated numbers.

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