A petition to save Norway's wolves is moving toward making a difference. A Norwegian wolf advocate told me that after garnering more than 35,000 signatures using social media, the petition has been submitted to government officials, including the head of the Committee for Energy and Environment who belongs to a political party that is positive toward predators. The advocate said that the government plans to evaluate its policy on predators and the petition will be part of that evaluation.
Let's hope so.
Under current policy, Norway's wolves face extinction. More than a century ago, the country had 1,000 wolves; Now 28 to 32 survive. The organization behind the petition, Bygdefolk for Rovdyr, states that the animals are being killed even while 80 percent of Norwegians want wolves in their country.
As the wolf population has shrunk, so has the area where current policy allows wolves. Predator Alliance Norway reported in September of 2014 that the designated wolf zone - where the animals can breed - now includes only five percent of the country. This may not be enough room for the wolves to roam and establish territories. "And every wolf putting their paw outside the designated wolf zone is shot," said an alliance spokesperson.