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Sonja
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005, 04:04 PM
Last winter's state-authorized wolf hunt has left Norway with just one pair deemed capable of breeding a new litter of wolves this spring. The goal of having three breeding pairs has literally been shot to pieces, claim experts.

Five wolves were shot last winter, including a key female that one hunter felled "by mistake," he said. The wolf hunt was highly controversial, both within Norway and especially outside the country, and now researchers indicate it was indeed misguided.

That's because it vastly reduced the stated goals for Norway's fledgling wolf population as agreed by members of Parliament less than a year ago. They wanted three breeding pairs within the area of eastern Norway, along the Swedish border, that's been set aside as a wolf management area.

The latest report from the Scandinavian wolf project Scandulv claims only the so-called Julussa pack now has a male and a female fit to breed this spring. Scandulv's research suggests there are no free-roaming wolf pairs capable of breeding either.

The Gråfjell pack still exists, but its lead female was shot in error in February, and the pack has no other females believed to be able to produce pups.

"We expect the Julussa pack to breed this year, but we can never be certain," researcher Petter Wabakken told newspaper Aftenposten. "We may have a year with no breeding."

That's a blow to the general secretary of the World Wildlife Fund, Rasmus Hansson. "We're looking at the lowest wolf population in many years," Hansson said. "The authorities were warned. The result (of the winter hunt) is exactly what we feared. We now have only one functioning pack left."

He also criticized Norway's and Sweden's inability to cooperate on management of the wolf population. Swedish policies are much more protective of the wolves, while Norway's powerful farm and ranch lobby sees the wolves as a threat to their open grazing.

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1009846.ece
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I knew this would happen even before the project began. Good job, guys. Very professional.

In-depth article here (in Norwegian): http://www.aftenposten.no/dyr/article1009551.ece

Death and the Sun
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005, 05:23 PM
Well, over here in Finland we have too many wolves. Maybe we could ship some of them over to Norway.

Stig NHF
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005, 07:06 PM
I would like a few minutes alone with the people that poach our precious few wolves.

Fox
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005, 08:06 PM
how could anyone want to kill something so beautiful :frown:

tuddorsped
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 01:51 AM
I would like a few minutes alone with the people that poach our precious few wolves.

Thought all your native wolves became extinct in the last century. Aren't all 'Norwegian' wolves from across the border?

Loki
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 07:24 AM
This is disgusting, and a shame for Norway. It makes rubbish of my normal belief that Nordic people love nature. :frown:

Arcturus
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 08:00 AM
Well, over here in Finland we have too many wolves. Maybe we could ship some of them over to Norway.

"Too many" is a relative term but... :shrugani: I guess once you've lost your third dog to wolf attacks you get a bit tired of them..

Anyway, the idea of relocating some of our wolves to Norway isn't a bad one at all. The reindeer farmers and country dwellers up north get to keep their pets and livestock while Norways gets a few more wolves plus some fresh blood into the genepool.

Unless of course Nowegian wolves are too pure-blooded to be allowed to mix with foreign animals... ;)


EDIT: Plus, with a bit of luck you could probably get Greenpeace or somesuch to pay for the whole thing! :laugh:

Lissu
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 08:19 AM
What I find very surprizing, is that wolfs are hunted down in North Germanic countries where they were supposed to be some sort of holy animals, while for us wolf have always been a bit hated animals, and we've got plenty of them...

:confused:

Lissu
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 08:36 AM
"Too many" is a relative term but... :shrugani: I guess once you've lost your third dog to wolf attacks you get a bit tired of them...I have heard that those wolves who attack dogs, are not pureblooded wolves but half breeds, mixed with dogs. Hence they have no fear against humans, which is natural for full blooded wolves. Doggy-wolves are also more aggressive than pure wolves.

This proofs once more, that race mixing is no good... :nopity00:

Arcturus
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 08:43 AM
I have heard that those wolves who attack dogs, are not pureblooded wolves but half breeds, mixed with dogs. Hence they have no fear against humans, which is natural for full blooded wolves. Doggy-wolves are also more aggressive than pure wolves.

This proofs once more, that race mixing is no good... :nopity00:

Yes, either that or they are sick, starving individuals. I wonder if anyone has ever charted the purebloodedness of the wolves in Northern Europe. Not for anything else but to see if more wolf attacks happen in areas where wolves are less pure.

Damn, I'm beginning to sound like... Oh nevermind :blushing:

Lissu
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005, 10:01 AM
Yes, either that or they are sick, starving individuals. I wonder if anyone has ever charted the purebloodedness of the wolves in Northern Europe. Not for anything else but to see if more wolf attacks happen in areas where wolves are less pure.

Damn, I'm beginning to sound like... Oh nevermind :blushing:I have seen the pictures of dogs slaughtered by wolves, and the dogs didn't look like they were eaten. Just torn apart, slaughtered with no good reason.

I'm not sure where I have heard about this mixing thing, but my dad is convinced that agressive wolves must the a result for intermixing. It is the nature of wolves to fear humans and avoid human settlements. Dogs instead are man's best friend, and they have no such fear against people. I think it's totally possible that the beasts who attack dogs, are not pure wolves. Of course there should be some genetucal investigation done to know for sure.

Erlingr Hárbarðarson
Saturday, May 21st, 2005, 10:13 PM
"Thrond Stenberg (58) er ikke i tvil om at det var en ulv som angrep ham og hunden "Cæsar" :D på Birkebeineren Skistadion på Lillehammer."

I et kraftig basketak med dyret ble 58-åringen bitt i høyre hånd og skadet i venstre ben og den ene skulderen.

I går møtte Stenberg hos politiet på Lillehammer for å forklare seg om den oppsiktsvekkende hendelsen 16. mai. Senere på dagen tok han med VG til stedet der han og valpen Cæsar havnet i slåsskampen med det han hevder var en ulv.

- Beit seg fast

- Jeg vet at det er båndtvang, men jeg hadde likevel sluppet Cæsar og tenkte at her ute gjorde det ikke så mye om han svinset rundt. Så gikk jeg en tur rundt bilen for å ordne noe. Plutselig hørte jeg Cæsar komme settende. Da så jeg ulven som jagde etter ham, forteller 58-åringen til VG.

Den ni måneder gamle valpen søkte beskyttelse hos eieren sin, og ulven skal ha kommet rett på de to turkameratene.

- Jeg prøvde å ta den rundt kjeften med hånden, og da beit han seg fast.

Jeg vurderte å slippe bikkja, for jeg regnet med at det var den ulven var ute etter, sier Stenberg.

Før han rakk å tenke ferdig, mistet han i stedet balansen, og han og ulven raste sammen i bakken.

- Det var bare flaks. Jeg ble liggende oppå dyret med kneet inn i brystet på ham. Da presset jeg til alt jeg kunne, og så slapp han taket, forteller Lillehamringen.

Ikke i tvil

Straks etter hendelsen dro Stenberg til sykehuset, der han fikk stivkrampesprøyte og behandling mot bittskadene i hånden.

- Er du virkelig helt sikker på at det var en ulv og ikke en hund du sloss med?

- Det der er jeg ikke i tvil om i det hele tatt. Jeg har hatt svært mange hunder opp gjennom årene, og jeg vet hvordan en ulv ser ut, sier Stenberg.

Politiførstebetjent Jostein Gravdal ved Lillehammer politistasjon bekrefter at de har mottatt opplysningene om ulveangrepet.

- Vi har registrert denne saken i våre journaler, og har ikke grunn til å betvile det som fortelles. Samtidig tror jeg ikke det er nødvendig å advare folk, sier Gravdal.