Our socialized friends –

Nja, det er altså ikke snakk om ‘venner’ i ordets forstand, men her i Norge har man re-introdusert ulv en i norsk fauna. Til tross for at vi ikke har hatt ulv i vår fauna på snart 200 år! Og det er ikke ganske problemfritt. Nærmest ukentlig finner sauebønder ihjelrevne sauer strødd utover i terrenget og en og annen gårdshund kan bli funnet  med halsbånd og lenke, revet ihjel på sitt eget gårdstun. Neste gang kan det være en av våre egne – en liten 3-åring som leker på egen gårdsplass?!
Politikere ser ut til å mene at det er prisen vi alle skal betale for å  opprettholde sin egen miljø-profil, men lokale bønder er sinte og opprøret er på gang . . .
Well, – in this case we’re not talking about normal friends! Here in Norway someone has decided that the wolf ought to be re-introduced to the Norwegian fauna, even if we’ve had no wolfs here over nearly  two hundred years! And it doesn’t happen without problems!
Nearly every week farmers may find 10 – 30 sheeps from their livestock, gutted, torn to pieces spread out on their gracing land! Seeing as they love their livestock, local farmers are slowly getting mad! Once in a while they may also find their top premium hunting dog or the family pet torn to pieces – in chain and in their own yard! What will be next?
The family’s 3-year old?
Politicians seem to agree the this is a price we must be willing to pay (as long as it’s not their livestock, dog or child that goes down, of course, but people living with the problem are getting restless, some directly mad and – the revolt may be underway . . .
Dette er uten tvil fantastiske dyr, men det er også ville dyr som skal innpasses  i vår næringskjede. Og siden nye hanner på et eller annet tidspunkt presses ut av flokken og henvises til å finne seg sitt eget revir, så vil rasen spres seg til stadig nye områder hvor ulven aldri var påtenkt – selv ikke av våre politikere!  Derfor må utviklingen begrenses! (Hvilket nok vil vise seg å bli vanskelig!)

This is without doubt a fantastic animal, but they are also wild animals – hunters – that must be included into our food chain! And since new males at some time in life are ejected from the flock, forced to find themselves a new hunting ground, the race will be spreading all over the country, also in places where one never intended to harbour a wolf pack – not even our politicians! That’s why the wolf must be contained within strict boarders.
(Which is NOT going to be easy!)
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16 Responses to Our socialized friends –

  1. Here in Germany the wolves did not ask for permission of anybody … they just came from Poland & Russia after 1989 now spreading all over the country. They are are an integral part of our European nature, so it is good that these normally very shy creatures have returned to Central-Europe.

    • Seenorway says:

      Many people would agree. It’s a proud and beautiful animal. Sheepfarmers, however, would not! Just recently 1 wolf was taken out here in Norway. DNA-testing show that this lone wolf probably was responsible for the death of 300 sheep over the last 4-5 weeks.
      A wolf’s gotta eat, you know . . .

      • I know these problems, but in Romania you will find much more wolves and bears than in Norway or Germany, but the sheepfarmers are living together with them now for long centuries also by using specialized dogs protecting the shepherds. This seems to work out fine quite often (but not always). In the EU sheepfarmers normally also get compensated for such loss due to wolves. Here with us in Berlin we could need wolves very well, because there are just too many wild boars in our huge urban forests what is also not good for nature.

        • Seenorway says:

          Yes, it’s a complicated picture! I know from experiments done in the Yellowstone National Park that wolves has a mission in the wild beeing an element of the food chain. But – Norway is one of the few countries in the world where it’s been decided to use a scattered pattern of settling which means that people are living all over the countryside. There are, of course, national parks where just about no people live, but it’s impossible to contain the wolved within such boarders as male wolves at some point wil be forced out of the pack and enter areas where they are not supposed to be. And the conflict is a fact!
          I guess the thing to do is to allow wolves in certain areas, but to shoot on sight outside of these areas, and over time I believe that will be the solution used.

  2. vestlending says:

    Ja og Ulven er jo kjent for å kunne vandre lange avstander og rask til beins er den og!

    • Seenorway says:

      Hun-hvalper skaper mindre problem, men han-hvalper vil på et tidspunkt bli presset ut av flokken og tvinges til å finne eget revir. Derfor vil det alltid finnes streifende ulver som forsøker å stjele en hun-ulv og starte opp sitt eget revir/flokk. Snart har man ulv i Nygårdsparken i Bergen! 🙂 Ihvertfall rundt byfjellene!

  3. C.E.Robinson says:

    A sad situation for the wolves and the farmers! No easy answer! Great photos, Svein! Wolves are stately! 🎶 Christine

    • Seenorway says:

      The obvious answer would have been NOT to import wolves into the Norwegian fauna at all. We haven’t had any wolves for 200 years! Now that they are here we’ll have a growing problem for the next 200 years. I could have shown you a picture of a dozen bloody sheep ripped to pieces and left with their intestines hanging, but I’ll spare you.
      But someone had carefully nourished these sheep to life over several years and grown to love them. And the problem will grow over the next 10,20 or 50 years!

      • C.E.Robinson says:

        Very sad, Svein! The wolves are a huge problem!

        • Seenorway says:

          Yes, they are indeed. Not only must the wolves learn where they may live and where not (an impossible task), but aalso people across the country must be willing to risk their livestock as well as playing children and family pets to toaming wolf packs. That is even harder. So I think the ‘explosion’ will come (as it did 200 years ago as well)

  4. munyingnying says:

    I love the pictures, animals as well–wild and domesticated, but can’t get involved in the issues! People and their livelihoods are of course also important!

  5. vestlending says:

    Men skulle jo trodd at det var flere enn 12 andre som likte disse ulvene?

  6. vestlending says:

    Fantastisk flotte dyr dette Svein!

    • Seenorway says:

      Ikke sant?! Men man må ikke overse de problemene som følger. Ikke bare skala ulven e lære å leve innenfor fastsatte grenser, men menneskene som blir berørt må lære seg å leve med ulv i bakgården. Det er kanskje enda vanskeligere?

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