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Wolf culling to be undergone in Norway, Sweden and Finland

European Wolf. Photo by Hans Veth on Unsplash 


By Patryk Krych | The World Daily | JANUARY 15th 2022 


A European Union conservation group is taking a stand against the culling of wolves in Sweden and Norway – a practice recently joined by Finland, as a means of controlling the wildlife population in the countries.

This is to be Finland’s first wildlife population culling in seven years, with a target of 20 wolves to kill. Sweden is already ahead, having shot and killed most of its annual target – 27 wolves. Norway is set to aim for a higher target this Winter, however, set to kill around 51 wolves, which make up about 60% of all the wolves in the country.

“Its a horrific situation,” said chief executive of animal rights group Noah, who are challenging Norway’s wolf hunts, Siri Martinsen. “Norway’s wolf management is out of control and they are just shooting wolves because some people don’t like them. It is outrageous to hold a species at a critically endangered level.”

Norway’s goal in killing off such a majority of its wolf population is to maintain no more than three breeding pairs of wolves at a time. The country has been accused of creating the most hostile environment in all of the EU for the wolves, as well as choosing to ignore conservational EU laws regarding their protection.

Norway has a protection zone sanctioned for wolves – which makes up only 5% of the country. However, regardless of this, 25 of the wolves planned for culling will be inside of the zone, which has further set conservationists against the practice. Wolves remain endangered in many countries, and in Norway, the numbers are particularly low.

It’s recently been confirmed that the wolves in Norway and Sweden are no longer native to the land – the majority of them are Finnish. The original wolf populations of Norway had been entirely hunted down into extinction in the country back in the 1970s. 


“The original Norwegian-Swedish wolves probably didn't share their genetics with the wolves in Norway and Sweden today,” director of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) University Museum, Hans Stenøien.

He added that “Admittedly, some original Norwegian-Swedish wolves can still be found in zoos outside Norway. But our wolves today aren't closely related to them.”

Court action is currently being taken by Noah, alongside such conservation groups as WWF Norway and Association Our Predators, and if successful, the killing of the wolves inside of the protection zone may yet be stopped.

“Keeping the Norwegian wolf population at this level is a political compromise reached by a majority in parliament in 2016 in order to keep both wolves and livestock production in Norway and bridge different societal views in Norway,” said the state secretary to Norway’s minister of climate and environment, Christian Anton Smedshaug.

He added: “The primary concern for managing large carnivores in Norway is to maintain livestock grazing, with as few losses as possible. Furthermore, husbandry also contributes to common goods like cultural landscapes and biological diversity.”

Sweden has promised the EU that they will not go below 300 wolves – which is the same amount as have been counted in Finland recently, the highest they’ve been for the country in a century. 


By Patryk Krych | © The World Daily 2022 

Source: The Guardian,