The never-ending brutal persecution of wolves in Norway.
Hunters have spent over 5,000 hours hunting two wolves in Norway —
Ulvejakta (hunting wolves) in the North East Valley of Rendalen, a municipality in Hedmark county, is very resource-intensive, according to the hunt leader. On Monday, July 23rd, another wolf was shot after being chased by 25 men.
This summer, more than 250 sheep have been documented injured or killed by wolves in the municipalities of Tynset, Tolga and Rendalen.
Mind you, each year, around two million Norwegian sheep are grazing on unimproved mountain-range
pastures during summer, and are neither fenced nor guarded, and each year about 125,000 ewes and lambs are lost on summer range. How many of these are taken by predators is uncertain and a subject of disagreement between farmers and the wildlife administration.
In June, a male wolf was shot in Rendalen and Monday morning the hunters began the hunt for the mate. Felling leader Jo Esten Trøan says that the wolf was seen when it attacked sheep on Sunday morning and that they were tracking the wolf from that point.
Should there have been any pups, their chances of survival are slim to none as they would be barely 2 or 3 months old. This is 19th-century predator persecution at its ugliest.
25 men tracked and finally killed the female wolf in a pasture area in Sølendalen at 7 o’clock on Monday. But the killing is not over; it is believed that there is still another adult wolf in the area, and though the sheep producers are “delighted” with the removal of this pair of wolves, they are concerned with the rest of the field.
Even though the 2 wolves (breeding pair?) have been “removed,” more killed and injured sheep have been found at Bekkjølen in Tolga. Trøan said that “the battle will concentrate on taking the remaining wolf farther north.”
“Now we will gather and go to the north and take the wolf there.”
At this point I must emphasize that there is no mention of whether the female wolf was lactating and therefore we do not know, at this time, if any pups have been left to attempt the impossible: fending for themselves.
And so, while Norwegians slaughter over 1 million sheep yearly, we are headed into yet another season with a proposal to wipe out the majority of Norway’s critically endangered, resident wolf population for preying on a tiny percentage of sheep.
Again, the wolf is punished for following its natural instincts.
When we get more information we will be sure to publish it.
Where have all the wolves gone.
The forest weeps in silence.
I hear the winds eternal sigh…
Let the wolf live. Save our wolves
I hear the winds eternal sigh…
Stop the extinction policy now.
Shame on Norway.
Please forgive the choppiness of this post, we did our best to bring to you an exact translation. Also, please bear in mind that the majority of Norwegians support wolf recovery, and welcome the wolf back into nature. The presence of wolves has great existential value for many, so we ask that you direct your anger towards the minority who turn their backs on this species, and their rightful place in the forests of Norway.
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Very interesting read on why rural Norwegians will not accept wolves:
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