Tagged wolf is missing, presumed dead

2019-03-04 08:01:00

BIOLOGISTS in Norway have lost contact with a young male wolf that they had tagged last month with a radio transmitter. Rolf Lagvatn and Arne Bjorn Vaag of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research say that the wolf ‘disappeared’ only days after the tagging near the town of S r-Aurdal in Opland, a county in southern Norway. They fear that sheep farmers may have shot the animal, the first ever to be tagged in Norway and one of only nine remaining wolves in Norway and Sweden. The animal, first found on a road in Bagn nearby, was tame. Motorists had taken photographs of it eating their sandwiches. The biologists believed that the wolf is one of two or three pups born last year, 200 kilometres away from Bagn in the county of Varmland in Sweden, where wolves have bred most years since 1983. The wolf, which weighed 53 kilograms, was travelling towards two unattached female wolves across the Swedish border, raising hopes that the wolves might breed,