Don’t Allow Thousands of Hunters to Kill Country’s Last Wolves

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Target: Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg

Goal: Save Norway’s last 30 wolves from being targeted and killed by over 11,000 hunters.

Norway’s endangered wolf population faces decimation at the hands of thousands of hunters. The government has awarded licenses to 11,571 people to shoot 16 animals. This is more than half the total number of wolves in the country, which is estimated to be lower than 30. This means that hunters outnumber the wolves 763 to one. These animals have no chance of surviving.

The decision to open up wolf hunting to the public this year was supposedly taken to protect livestock, despite the fact that the wolf population is so fragile and far too low to cause farmers any losses. Furthermore, international wolf expert Petter Wabakken believes that the wolf population is already being kept down by illegal hunting, explaining why their numbers are so disturbingly low.

The main pack of wolves lives in a designated habitat in the southeastern part of the country, but as soon as an individual wanders out of this area, he or she is fair game to be shot by thousands of trigger-happy hunters. The government has adopted the irresponsible policy of only allowing three litters of wolf pups to survive per year, clearly not enough to sustain a healthy wolf population in the country. Moreover, it is not clear how officials aim to identify and protect three breeding females from over 11,000 hunters if these wolves were to stray from their designated area.

Allowing this hunt to continue could mean the extinction of Norwegian wolves for good. Ask Norway to reconsider this reckless decision and revoke the hunters’ permits immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Solberg,

I am writing to oppose your government’s decision to open up the wolf hunting season to thousands of people this year. You are certainly aware that there are fewer than 30 wolves left in Norway, yet your government has awarded licenses to 11,571 people to shoot 16 of these animals. This is more than half the total number of wolves in the country. This also equates to hunters outnumbering the wolves 763 to one, meaning these animals have no chance of surviving, essentially spelling out the extinction of this beautiful and precious species.

I understand that this decision was taken in order to protect livestock. However, wolf numbers are far too low to cause farmers any losses. Furthermore, international wolf expert Petter Wabakken believes that the wolf population is already being kept down by illegal hunting, explaining why their numbers are so disturbingly low.

Norway’s wolf population is incredibly fragile, and the government’s policy to only protect three breeding females and their pups is both irresponsible and unclear. How are three specific individuals meant to be protected from 11,000 hunters were they to stray outside their designated habitat?

This hunt may be the last nail in the coffin of Norway’s wolves. Please reconsider this reckless decision and revoke the hunters’ permits immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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8 Comments

  1. Beverley Foster says:

    Please Norway, don’t go the way we did in the UK and hunt and kill these magnificent creatures to extinction. We are considering re-introducing them here and consider that you are extremely lucky to have wolves in your Country. Show that you have compassion and care for your native wildlife species, and don’t follow the example of the gun-happy neandertals of the USA

  2. Chris Sante says:

    This fucking country loves Slaughter Whales,Seals and gunning down Renos.
    Killing Wolves is the icing on the cake.

  3. Here I thought that region was civilized…. my family was considering vacationing there in the near future – HELL no now!

  4. Wendy Morrison says:

    Stop this SENSELESS KILLING of all the wolves as well as all other animals!!!

  5. Heather Brophy says:

    Ema, I THOUGHT YOU HAD AN EDUCATED SOCIETY, I WAS WRONG!

  6. Norway is known worldwide for its total lack of concern for wildlife, whether it be whales, wolves, reindeer etc.. I’m not sure what else Norway is known for except maybe the Eurovision Song Contest !!! What a legacy.

  7. Well the US is the very same way we had to pass laws that are supposed to protect wolves and put them on the Endangered Species list and try to keep them on it because of people like ranchers that blame wolves for any dead cow or sheep they find no matter how it actually died.
    Any country that would sell that many permits to 11,000 hunters with under 30 wolves is doing it on purpose to rid the country of all of the wolves plain and simple. Lets hope some of the gun happy nuts shoot each other.

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