Pining for better days in the fjords: Norway’s wolves are being hunted; its reindeer are going mad | The Economist

“SJALDAN liggjandi ulfr laer um getr,” goes a passage in the Havamal, a medieval Norse poem: “The sleeping wolf seldom gets a ham.” The maxim, like the one about early birds and worms, is an exhortation against laziness, but it also conjures a vision of Norway as a land of untamed nature, where wolves chase boars through snow-bound forests. This may have been true in the 10th century, but today the country’s wild fauna are not doing as well. Wolves are rare, and the government is under pressure to cull them further. Another iconic species faces a different threat: chronic wasting disease (CWD), a sort of mad cow disease that can infect reindeer.

Source: Pining for better days in the fjords: Norway’s wolves are being hunted; its reindeer are going mad | The Economist

Norwegian government could lose voters over wolves – The Local

Support for Norway’s Conservative (Høyre) party, the largest party in the country’s coalition government, has dropped by seven points in some areas.The pole, carried out by InFact on behalf of broadcaster NRK along with a number of local newspapers, shows a swing away from the party in both Hedmark and Oppland counties.Høyre’s main parliamentary candidate for Hedmark County Kristian Tonning Riise told NRK that he believed the lost ground could be the result of a recent debate on control of wolves in Norway, in which a parliamentary proposal on wolf control was not supported by Høyre, resulting in the culling of 47 wolves being reduced to 15.

Source: Norwegian government could lose voters over wolves – The Local

Outrage as Sweden’s majestic wolves set for culling after court ruling | Nature | News | Daily Express

On Friday, a Supreme Administrative Court announced plans to shoot 24 wolves could go ahead, despite massive protests it could lead to the extinction of the magnificent beasts in the Scandinavian country.Torbjorn Nilsson, the President of the Swedish Association predators, hit out against the ruling as he said the Swedish wolf population was already so low it could compromise its future in the wild. He said: “I think it’s an unfortunate and surprising decision.“It is unfortunate because the wolf population is still quite small, very inbred and too isolated. Therefore, one should not hunt in this way.”

Source: Outrage as Sweden’s majestic wolves set for culling after court ruling | Nature | News | Daily Express

Huge Victory for Norway’s Wolves

Vidar Helgesen, the Norwegian minister for climate and environment, announced Tuesday that the government denied permission to shoot the four wolf packs in the areas of Letjenna, Osdalen, Kynna and Slettås. The government concluded that there is no legal basis for the hunt, neither in the national nature protection laws nor in the Bern Convention, acknowledging the appeal from Friends of the Earth Norway to stop the hunt.

Source: Huge Victory for Norway’s Wolves

New dog safety vest counters wolf attacks in eastern Finland | Yle Uutiset |

Residents of the eastern town of Nurmes in Finland will be testing out a new invention designed to keep their pets safe next spring: A safety vest for dogs that contains chili cartridges.If a wolf attacks a dog wearing the vest and punctures the fabric, the cartridges release chili powder that sprays on the wolf’s face and mouth.Prototypes of the product were available already in 2014, but the actual vests will be trailed for the first time in Finland in the spring of 2017. People who have agreed to participate in the testing have been asked to keep a list of the pros and cons of the invention.

Source: New dog safety vest counters wolf attacks in eastern Finland | Yle Uutiset |

10 Majestic Photos Capturing The Unlikely Friendship Between A Wolf And A Bear

Circumstances have allowed many diverse creatures to become friends, but the camaraderie between a wolf and bear in Finland is certainly one of the most unique we’ve ever seen. The unlikely duo was spotted  – and then photographed – by Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen when she was venturing through the untrodden backcountry of her homeland. […]

Source: 10 Majestic Photos Capturing The Unlikely Friendship Between A Wolf And A Bear


June 2016 News

Mountain Town News: Will wolves ever yip & growl in Colorado?
June 25, 2016 (Summit Daily)

California grey wolf report with photo of new resident lone wolf
June 23, 2016 (Daily Kos)

Another apparent wolf sighting in California brings delight, fear
June 23, 2016 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Wolf OR-33 visits Ashland, attacks livestock, skips town
June 22, 2016 (Statesmen Journal)

Court Asked to Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing, Killing Wild Red Wolves
June 21, 2016 (Animal Welfare Institute)

Wolf pup from beleaguered Bow Valley pack struck and killed by train
June 21, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

End of an Era for Iconic Denali Wolf Pack?; by Christina Eisenberg
June 21, 2016 (Huff Post Blog)

Walker Calls For Resuming Wolf Hunting In Wisconsin
June 20, 2016 (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Wolf hunting limits increased for the region; province on the lookout for squatters
June 19, 2016 (The Boundary Sentinel)

Will science find a way to save Earth’s top predators?
June 17, 2016 (Science Blog)

Pacific Rim National Park issues wolf advisory between Tofino and Ucluelet
June 16, 2016 (Westerly News)

State wolf population at record high
June 16, 2016 (Daily Citizen)

DNR Hosts Wolf Population Meeting
June 16, 2016 (WIFC)

Despite all the warnings, Banff visitors are feeding bears and wolves at an increasing rate
June 16, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

Limits on wolf hunting removed in large areas of Thompson region
June 16, 2016 (CBC News)

New wolf pack reported near Sherman Pass
June 16, 2016 (KIRO7)

Of wolves, deer, maples and wildflowers
June 16, 2016 (Great Lakes Echo)

Cornered Mexican wolf management to appease livestock producers may run out the clock on recovery
June 15, 2016 (Santa Fe Reporter)

New wolf pack confirmed in Washington brings total to 19
June 15, 2016 (The Spokesman)

Wildlife staff working ’24/7′ to deter wolves from busy areas in Banff
June 14, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

Despite federal ruling, wolf pups to stay in New Mexico
June 14, 2016 (stltoday)

Banff’s wolf strategy changing gears in national park
June 14, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Brown bear, wolf and lynx populations increasing across Europe
June 13, 2016 (myinforms)

Judge bars feds from releasing more Mexican gray wolves in wild
June 10, 2016 (Santa Fe/New Mexican)

Taking on the Wolf Killers: Wildlife Services Challenged;by George Wuerthner
June 10, 2016 (Counter Punch)

World’s largest litter of red wolves so far this year born at Chehaw
June 8, 2016

Wolf euthanized in Banff National Park after ‘extremely bold’ behaviour
June 7, 2016 (CBC News)

WDFW’s new policy on shooting wolves gives field staff key role
June 6, 2016 (Capitol Press)

Wyoming Wolf Expert Retires – But Will Not Be Replaced
June 6, 2016 (K2Radio)

Wolf expert says food access could prove lethal for Bow Valley pack
June 3, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Banff wolf pack watch continues
June 3, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

DNR to release latest wolf population estimates this month
June 3, 2016 (Channel 3000)

‘Aggressive’ Banff wolves advance on Tunnel Mountain campers, steal loaf of bread
June 2, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

Wolf warning issued for Bow Valley
June 2, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Debate rages over wolf bounties
June 2, (Rocky Mountain Outlook)

New pups in the pack
June 1, 2016 (Timberjay)

Sweden’s wild wolf numbers going down
June 1, 2016 (The Local Se)

Wolf-killed livestock confirmed in Stevens County
June 1, 2016 (The Spokesman-Review)