In Norway, the dog owners have reason to be worried. Norway is known for being broadminded, liberal and a green nation. There’s a discussion goin on in Norway: A plan to kill wolves explodes myth of environmental virtue. At the same time wolves are very popular in Norway: surveys suggest that around 80% of the public – in both urban and rural areas – want to keep them at current or higher numbers. But as so often with rural issues – in Norway and in many other parts of the world – the dominant voices are those who belong to a small but powerful minority.
There’s an article in the Norwegian newspapers today that writes that 88 dogs were killed by wolves since 1. January 2000. One of them were an elkhound that were eaten by a wolf only 500 metres from the skyscrapers of Lindeberg in Oslo.
Every year some 2 million sheep are released into forests and mountains of Norway without supervision. Around 1,500 of them – as a maximum estimate – are killed by wolves. The farmers are richly compensated for these killings.
Sources: Aftenposten.no and Guardian.co.uk