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Disputed Wolf Hunt in Norway was Legal, Court Rules

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:46 PM by chloe owens

5/18/2018, The Local – Norway

Disputed wolf hunt in Norway was legal, court rules

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) had sued the Norwegian state in an effort to halt wolf hunting in the counties of Østfold, Oslo, Akershus and Hedmark. The nature organization argued that the Ministry of Climate and Environment had violated the constitution, the Nature Diversity Act and the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats by granting licenses to hunt wolfs in areas outside of the animal’s designated protect zones…Solhjell, a former environment minister, said that Norway’s wolf population is in danger. “This winter we shot more wolves than in the previous years under the Nature Diversity Act. We fear that this will weaken the population and wolf management in Norway,” Solhjell added, referring to the law passed in 2009…There are areas in Norway designated as protected wolf zones but according to WWF, these zones only amount to five percent of the country’s total land area. “This has created many conflicts,” the organization said in a press release. “Culling licenses are quickly issued whenever a wolf finds itself on the wrong side of the invisible border.”