Just under 100 wolves have been confirmed as living in habitats in Norway.
Of these, between 34 and 41 cross the border with Sweden, while the majority live in designated “wolf zones” in the south east of the country.
A new status report mapping out the location of wolf populations in the country and in the Swedish border area states that there are now between 86 and 96 such animals in the country, news agency NTB reports.
The report was produced by the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences at the request of Rovdata, an agency which monitors numbers of predators in Norway’s wild.
The animals were counted between October 1st and January 27th, though some mapping work is yet to be completed, NTB writes.
According to the preliminary figures, between 50 and 53 wolves live only in Norway, while between 34 and 41 roam both sides of the Swedish border.
“The vast majority of the wolves are found in counties with wolf zones in southeastern Norway,” Jonas Kindberg, head of Rovdata, told NTB.
“Only three wolves have been detected in Norway outside of these counties,” Kindberg, added.
11 wolves were killed or registered dead during the period covered by the report.
The parliament in Oslo has passed regulation aimed to ensure that wolves must live in a designated region, the ‘wolf zone’, which runs adjacent to the border with Sweden in the counties of Hedmark, Akershus, Oslo and Østfold. Authorities set annual quotas for how many wolves must be shot to regulate the population size.
The Norwegian wolves predominantly feed on elk, which make up 95 percent of their food. But they also hunt deer, reindeer, and smaller animals like hares and birds.
Meanwhile, there are around 300 wolves in Sweden, according to figures from that country’s Environmental Protection Agency.
Stockholm has decided that the Sweden’s wolf population should be no smaller than around 300 individuals.