"THE WOLF IS RED-LISTED AS CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN NORWAY TODAY"
Norway's wolf population is almost extinct, and last winter, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research estimated that only 65 to 68 wolves still exist in the wild.
(Taken from facts published June 1st, 2016 by the Norwegian Environment Agency)
But this September, the Norwegian government authorized hunters to kill off 47 of the country's endangered wolves – including inside designated "wolf zones."
Hunting is a hugely popular sport in Norway, and more than 200,000 hunters are registered in the country. Last year, more than 11,000 people applied for special licenses to shoot and kill just 16 wolves. This year's hunt would be even larger, and would be the biggest government-sanctioned wolf culling since 1911. According to Nina Jensen, chief executive of WWF in Norway, "This is mass slaughter. We have not seen anything like this in a hundred years."
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