Over 60,000 signatures opposing the wolf hunt were handed into the Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen after the regional predator committees earlier this year decided to hunt a quota of 47 wolves.
– The purpose of the petition was to show the commitment that exists to preserve the wolf, says adviser Sverre Lundemo of WWF Norway to news agency NTB.
He said that over 60,000 signatures were handed to Helgesen on Wednesday morning, but that the petition will continue to run up until the Ministry investigates complaints about the predator boards’ decisions.
– Appeals relate to the decision to trap wolves in wolf zone, as well as permission to trap wolves belonging to the so-called Osdalen troop. Total valid complaints for 32 of the 47 wolves have been approved to trap, informed Lundemo.
Unless the predatory animal boards changes its decision as a result of the complaints, the complaints will end up being considered by the Climate and Environment Ministry. The Ministry is expected to process complaints before Christmas.
– We’re betting that the ministry will save as many wolves as possible, because the predators boards’ decisions are all too extensive for such a small population, says Lundemo.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today