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Norwegians and Swedes Aim for More Equal Game Management

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:11 PM by chloe owens

1/16/2018, by Snw Ellen Jakobsen, Science Nordic

Norwegians and Swedes aim for more equal game management

Moose, wolves, wolverines and other wild animals cross between Norway and Sweden with no awareness of a border. But there are definite demarcations in the two countries’ game management politics and policies…Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Norway’s University College Inland (INN) have been given financing for a project aiming to make the border regions more responsive to one another regarding game management…The project will mainly focus on two things: research and network building…The money can come in very handy. Researchers in both countries need to know much more about how their wildlife management regimes are working. Zimmerman stresses the need for more information about three important species – moose, wolves and wolverines. “We don’t know enough about how moose migrate through the border lands. We also seek much more information about how a larger wolf stock is impacting the moose population. Moreover, we have little knowledge about the effect of wolverines on moose stocks.” Moose meat comprises 95 percent of a wolf diet in the region. A wolf pack can drop around 150 moose per year…The researchers suspect that some of the decline in moose stocks can be attributed to wolverines, which have spread back down from the mountains to the coniferous forests. Moose calves can easily be taken down by wolverines…Norway and Sweden have a mutual responsibility for wildlife in their border region. But Norwegian and Swedish policies differ greatly.