The wolf is classified as critically endangered in Norway, according to the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre. Furthermore, the Norwegian parliament supports having a sustainable wolf population. Despite these facts, the country’s Minister of Environment allowed the culling of 42 wolves this winter. The culling of 42 wolves would almost entirely eradicate Norway’s wolf population, that consisted of about 52 – 56 wolves at the last official count in 2017. The decision to kill such a high number of wolves is against international obligations under the Bern Convention. In addition, it is breaching Norwegian laws and decisions made by the parliament.
According to petitions24.com already 11 wolves in the Julussa and Osdalen pack have been shot by January 5th. The Norwegian government plans to kill another 33 wolves. Killing Wolves in a pack as it is happening in Norway will only amplify the problems.
Wolf’s comeback continues
Nevertheless, a radical killing of wolves like that will not stop the wolf from coming back to Norway. Some centuries ago the wolf was widespread all over Europe. Therefore its comeback to its former home was just a matter of time.
The Norwegian organisations Ulvens Dag, Naturvernforbundet, WWF, NOAH and Foreningen Våre Rovdyr started a petition to stop this unlawful culling of Norwegian wolves. Ulvens Dag will bring this petition to the Ministry of Climate and Environment in the coming days.
We already signed this important petition, like more than 85.000 others. Help us to stop the wolf killing in Norway and support Ulvens Dag and its fellow campaigners.