Norway Is Going To Kill Off Two-Thirds Of Its Wolf Population

Submitted by: trimble 7 months ago News & Politics
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From The Guardian:

Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves in a step that environmental groups say will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild.

There are estimated to be about 68 wolves remaining in the wilderness areas of Norway, concentrated in the south-east of the country, but under controversial plans approved on Friday as many as 47 of these will be shot.

The government has justified this year’s planned cull – the biggest in more than a century – on the basis of harm done to sheep flocks by the predators. Environmental groups dispute this, saying the real damage is minimal and the response out of all proportion.

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Male 2,087
As long as they leave the Norwegian squirrel population alone, I can live with it. ... Hmmmm. How does that quotation go? "First they came for the wolves, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a wolf. ... They they came for the badgers, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a badger...."  Maybe I need to rethink this.
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Male 126
Pair is two and flock is from three to 10 animals in a family. The number is for whole Scandinavia. In scandinavia there are about 430-460 wolves. In Norway there are 65-68 plus 29 that live on the border of Norway-Sweden. 60 wolves is high compared to 10 wolves in the start of the 90s. Birth-rate of wolves is different from humans (about 3-8 puppies per flock per year). Genetic diversity can be a problem though. But these wolves have already problems with that. And fewer wolves would encurage immigration of new wolves from finno-russian flocks.
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Male 126
The article pretends as if the number of wolves is low already. That is not the case. The number of wolves in Norway has increased with 12% tha last 18 years. you can see the number of woves in Norway in this chart: (Par = pairs, Flokk=flock) http://www.rovdata.no/Portals/Rovdata/LiveContent/4960/Images/ulv15161.jpg But the number is not droping from the cull significantly compared to the wolf-numbers earlier. These wolves are also part of a larger wolf group (which includes Sweden, Finland and north-west Russia) and they don't disapear. I have no opinion about the cull. (if it is good or bad)
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Male 6,418
Oh so these numbers are pairs of wolves. How many wolves in a "flock"?
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Male 6,418
Isn't 60 wolves low? I mean Wouldn't you consider 60 Humans to be low too? I dunno, I don't believe "low" is a misrepresentation unless there's something I am missing?
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Male 6,418
Tough situation. The species is on the verge of extinction and only leaving ~21 is dangerous. Better hope they all reproduce successfully. I don't know how much damage 68 wolves can do to all the herds down there but still, can't they relocate some of them instead of butchering them?
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