The large-scale wolf hunt in Norway puts the whole Scandinavian wolf population’s vitality in danger. The Norwegian climate and environment ministry has permitted a licence to kill 75% of the Norwegian wolf population. This means altogether killing 42 of the 56 wolves in the land.*
“This large-scale hunting of the wolves is a very irresponsible action. The wolf is extremely endangered in Norway, and the Scandinavian wolf situation has been critical for very long time due to inbreeding. Instead of killing, Norway should concentrate on prevention of predator damages.” Says the Nature-League´s international wolf campaign manager Francisco Sánchez Molina.
The large-scale wolf hunt in Norway gives the impression that the country’s political policy-makers want to destroy the wolf totally from Norway. The majority of Norwegians relate positively to the wolves according a public opinion poll.
“Over 20 wolves have already been killed or injured in the ongoing hunt. The Norwegian government listens too much to the hunters in the wolf issue”, says veterinarian Siri Martinsen, the executive director of the Norwegian animal rights organization NOAH.
* The hunting quota concerns only the wolf population that lives entirely in Norway.
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