Protected species. Norway wolf cull will hit genetic diversity

Artikkeldato: 3.11.2016
Av: Elina Immonen & Arild Husby

Norway’s regional management authorities have approved plans to cull up to 70% of its grey wolves (Canis lupus). Because the current population consists of just 65–68 individuals, of which only 21 are thought to be sexually mature (see, this cull and the subsequent loss of genetic material would seem to be a significant misstep for ensuring the wolf’s persistence in Norway.

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