Norway’s wolves are being hunted; its reindeer are going mad

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Wolf Education International (WEI) statement about the controversies of the existence of wolves:

Wolves are the fulcrum of endless political and cultural disputes that are especially present in 21st century globalization, pitting large groups against each other. Wolf advocates accuse wolf protesters of wanting to kill every wolf. Conversely, wolf protesters accuse wolf advocates of working to force wolves into every landscape and leaving people helpless to defend themselves and their property.

Speaking about wolves (introduction, protection, impacts, legalities and simple complaints of those rural people randomly chosen by bureaucrats and subjected to coexistence with wolves, etc.) of necessity and in order to honestly describe and discuss the entire spectrum of the matter, demands that the political implications, history, and solutions be addressed. It is in recognition of this absolute that we offer the extremes of the issue from the following article’s assertions to the simple plaints of ranch families/farmers losing dogs, calves and sheep to wolves.

Wolf Education International’s approach is similar to a balanced accounting of the raging politicians and protesters. Though the future seems to portend an endless battleground, while the call for bipartisanship and “coming together” fill the air; resolutions seem as likely as the abortion debates, wherein there is no workable compromise – either you kill a human person or you merely remove tissue. The federally-mandated resolve (as opposed to locally-acceptable) for wolves is every bit as divisive as the issues of our day.

It is with this in mind that we present the political, emotional, and value-laden aspects of wolf management both in the United States and throughout the world. We recognize the inflamed attitudes of some, as others proclaim their “education,” but hopefully sped along the way to a peaceful resolution of a serious matter laden with hidden agendas, specious claims and government questions of the highest order.

Though farming organisations support culls, pastureland within wolf range is limited. Estimates suggest wolves kill 1,500-2,000 head of livestock per year, and farmers are compensated for their losses. By contrast, urban Norwegians are more likely than rural ones to favour the wolves—even in eastern Oslo, according to Mr Skogen, which has a breeding pair. If medieval Norway’s spirit lives on, it may have moved to the suburbs.<<<Read More>>>