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Is the "New" Norwegian Wolf Really Wild?

posted Sep 5, 2015, 4:39 PM by chloe owens

8/10/15, by Phys.Org

Is the “new” Norwegian wolf really wild?

Loved and hated. Admired and feared. Almost wiped out and now restored. Wolves have a long and varied history in Norway and trigger strong feelings on both sides of the issue.  Norway is currently home to about 30 wolves and about 50 wolves migrate between Norway and Sweden. The Norwegian wolves are primarily restricted to a “wolf zone” that extends from Rendalen in the north to Aremark in the south, and includes Oslo, Baerum and Hvaler.  Wolves that establish themselves outside this wolf zone are usually killed.  The 30 Norwegian wolves in Norway are allowed to raise three litters a year.  In principal, any additional litters can be shot. Today’s Norwegian wolves live fairly regulated lives. So how wild are they, really?