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51,000 protest Norway wolf culling. Politicians’ move to kill wolves to help protect livestock sees considerable protest. It is expected that around 68 wolves roam in the wilderness areas of the country and as many as 47 will be shot under new plans. The petition, which currently has 51,344 signatures, states that Parliament’s “extermination policy” plan could mean that 2017 could be “a fatal year for wolves in Norway.”

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51,000 protest Norway wolf culling

Published on Friday, 23rd September, 2016 at 12:42 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

Politicians’ move to kill wolves to help protect livestock sees considerable protest.

A Eurasian wolf at Bardu Polar Zoo
A Eurasian wolf at Bardu Polar Zoo
Photo: Mas3cf/Wikimedia Commons


It is expected that around 68 wolves roam in the wilderness areas of the country and as many as 47 will be shot under new plans.

The petition, which currently has 51,344 signatures, states that Parliament’s “extermination policy” plan could mean that 2017 could be “a fatal year for wolves in Norway.”

Parliament adopted a new population management goal of 4 to 6 breeding pairs of wolves in Norway in 2016.

“This decision represented a reduction of the ambition proposed by the Government of achieving 5 to 8 breeding pairs,” the Ministry of Climate and Environment wrote in a statement. 

Around two million sheep are left to graze in forests and mountains every year in Norway, and often left unsupervised.

The Guardian reported that around 1,500 are killed by wolves, as 100,000 sheep will have died from poisonous plants, drowning, traffic accident and diseases.

With an estimated 12,000 wolves left in Europe, conservationists are concerned that the wolf population is already dwindling and that they are listed as “critically endangered” in Norway due to frequent culling.

The Norwegian Environment Agency believes the “relentless hunting” wiped out the population in 1960s and todays wolves are descendants of those who entered into Norway from Sweden.

Scandinavian science research organisation Skandulv quotes a report made for the Swedish Environment Agency.

Norway agriculturally-oriented publication Nationen reported that it concluded that wolf numbers in Sweden have declined in recent years, but it is unsure regarding how the species has developed.

Nina Jensen, chief executive of WWF (Norway) says the losses to farmers from wolves had been minimal and the Norwegian parliament in 2004 and 2011 had agreed populations of carnivores must be allowed to co-exist with livestock.

 “Shooting 70% of the wolf population is not worthy of a nation claiming to be championing environmental causes,” she told The Guardian.

Hunters were unable to kill these creatures without a license during 1973. Last year’s announcement by the government concerning hunting wolves saw 11,571 hunters registering for licenses to shoot 16.

Grey wolf                                     

Scientists argue that taking animals (including predators) and plants out of the environment will greatly impact all wildlife as they play “a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions,” National Geographic reported.

“Without keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.

A keystone species “plays a unique and crucial role in the way and ecosystem functions,” writes the publication.

Decisions made by Norwegian Regional Management Authorities regarding culling of wolves can be appealed to the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Officials will handle complaints “with due regard to the Parliament's decision on the population management goal, and will be consistent with the Berne Convention, The Nature Diversity Act and the regulations regarding large carnivores in Norway,” it is stated.

According to them, the government is committed to ensuring wolves’ survival in Norway.

“I acknowledge that this is a difficult and controversial matter. The final decision will be made on the basis of careful considerations. As the responsible minister for the appeals process I cannot comment further on the matter at this stage,” Vidar Helgesen said in the statement.



Published on Friday, 23rd September, 2016 at 12:42 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: wolf, predators, killing, wolves, hunting, sheep, paywall.





  
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