17 sheep owned by four different farmers have been taken by a wolf in Rendalen in Hedmark this weekend.
Three died, the rest had to be killed, said Per Magde Opdal of wildlife contact in the state’s nature conservation department to Nationen newspaper.
Sheep farmer Jo Inge Haugseth was one of the four farmers who were hit.
“Now I have killed ten sheep. I have found two dead and need to come in with new resources tomorrow to get more information.I know that the number is going to rise,” he said.
Sandra Borch of Senterpartiet (Sp) believes the wolf attack shows that there is still too many wolves in Norway.
“It is regrettable that this happened outside the wolf zone.We have been fearing this since the hunt was halted this winter. The wolf population in Norway is too high,’’ she said.
In the winter registration, 115-116 wolves were detected in Norway, compared to 105 to 112 last winter. It is a new record, showed figures from Rovdata.
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