WWF: Absurd that the Norwegian government wants a new wolf culling
– We are shocked that the department has made a decision to cull wolves outside the zone right after the Oslo District Court put a stop to it in order to ensure a full legal review of whether today´s wolf management goes against the Norwegian law, said Lomelde and continued:
– Even though the department has written a longer substantiation of its decision this time around, no new scientific knowledge has occurred as to what it constitutes to have a viable wolf population in Norway. The foundation for the decision is the same as before and thus in the opinion of WWF-Norway completely void.
The department has also opened up for the culling of two wolf packs – that is 16 individual animals – inside the wolf zone in January. This means that a total of 42 wolves across the country can be culled this winter.
– When WWF decided to sue the state, we included decisions pertaining to both outside and inside the zone – because the way culling decisions are being made today does not take into consideration the total effect on the wolf population. It is a paradox: we are living in times where half of the world´s wildlife has been lost, and yet we are witnessing a state run culling on a critically endangered species that will keep the wolf permanently on the brink of extinction, said Lomelde.
– We will now sit down with our lawyers to do a thorough assessment of what these new decisions from the department will entail and how we might further pursue the matter.