Money for wolf issues

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The Government will grant approximately NOK 27 million to municipalities within the designated wolf zones, to further the tagging of wolves and towards strengthening the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate’s efforts to combat conflict.

- The purpose behind these actions is to reduce conflicts concerning wolves. This is especially important for people living within wolf territories and experiencing this as a burden, says Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen.

Money to municipalities with wolf territories

In 2017, the Government established a subsidy scheme for municipalities with wolf territories, in the counties of Hedmark, Akershus and Østfold. This money is a grant to certain businesses, to business development or towards services. It is for the municipalities themselves to determine the distribution of the grant. The arrangement, at NOK 20 million, will be continued in the 2018 budget.

Targging of wolves

Last winter, 15 wolves inside of the wolf zone were tagged with a GPS necklace. NOK 4.1 million is allocated towards tagging, thus the project can continue in the coming winter. The tagging will provide information about wolf behaviour in populated areas and their migrations. This will provide a better basis for a continuous assessment of potentially harmful effects on livestock and domesticated reindeer, and the wolf's behaviour around humans.

Strengthening of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate

A total of NOK 3.3 million has been allocated for increased capacity in the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate to monitor the wolf's harmful potential. This involves wolves being perceived as being too close, and the work to curb conflicts and disseminate knowledge. Strengthening of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate is important in order to ensure a good follow-up of wolves and to handle conflicts in the best possible way.