Save Our Wolves | WWF Norway


Now the court case of WWF vs the Norwegian state has startet. The court case will run from April 24 to to April 27. WWF is suing the Norwegian state, because we belive that the Norwegian management of wolves is illegal.

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WWF takes the Norwegian state to court to save the wolves

WWF-Norway has sued the Norwegian state for making unlawful wolf culling decisions. The trial will last from 24th to 27th of April.

This winter 28 wolves were shot.
– Heartbreaking and totally unacceptable, said Ingrid Lomelde, Policy Director at WWF-Norway.

Prior to this winter's culling, the last official numbers of wolves in Norway are from the winter of 2016/2017. Then it was registered 54-56 wolves that only reside in Norway, and an additional 51-56 wolves that live on both sides of the border to Sweden.

Critically endangered
The wolf is a critically endangered species in Norway, classified as being on the brink of extinction.

– The wolf naturally belongs in Norway. It has, as other large carnivores, an important role to play in our nature. As such it is unbearable that Norway has decided to use the wolf population goal as a maximum limit for how many wolves we should have – seeing that this is keeping the population at a critically endangered level.

WWF is suing the Norwegian state
WWF has sued the Norwegian state, stating that the current wolf management goes against the constitution, the Biodiversity Act and the Bern Convention.

The organization also filed for a temporary injunction, in order to stop this winter´s wolf hunt. Oslo District Court dismissed the injunction. WWF appealed the dismissal of the temporary injunction, but the appeal was also dismissed.

– Suing the state is demanding in many ways but we feel that we do not have a choice, considering the current Norwegian wolf management. We need a sustainable management that ensures the wolf population in the long-run while at the same time initiating mitigating measures to reduce conflicts between wolves and grazing animals, said Lomelde.

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Wolves in Norway

The wolf is an important part of the Norwegian biodiversity. It is a top predator, with important functions in the ecosystem. It feeds mainly on moose and roe deer, thus contributing to keeping prey populations in balance with their food base. Additionally, the wolf can impact on populations of medium-sized and smaller predators which in its turn has an effect on ground-nesting birds and other prey species.

The wolf is listed as critically endangered on the Norwegian Red List, due to the small population. The major threats, after the culling by the authorities,  are inbreeding and poaching.

Most Norwegians want wolves in Norwegian nature, and we have a moral obligation to ensure viable populations of all species that live here. The presence of wolves in Norwegian nature has great existential value for many, and the wolf makes the nature a bit more wild and exciting.

10 facts about the Norwegian wolves


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