The dog Balder was killed and eaten by two wolves in Rendalen – NRK Innlandet – Local news, TV and radio

Balder was an award-winning hunting dog who had passed hunting trials in both Norway and Sweden, and achieved the mark «champion».

This weekend he was with Tore Sneli hunting on Rendalskjølen in the Inland, north of Koppang in Østerdalen. It is Sneli’s brother who owns Balder, who is a greyhound.

Sneli explains that the dog got the snus in a moose trot, and set off. The dog followed the footstep for a good while. Sneli followed an app, so he could always see where the dog was.

Suddenly the dog stopped.

Just before, the hunting team received tips that wolf tracks had been seen in the area. They walked towards the area they had last seen Balder’s movements. There they found the dog dead.

– It was badly prepared. We saw that there had been a fight, and clear tracks in the snow. I was terribly sorry, says Sneli.

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Hundreds of attacks

Dogs can be exposed to attacks from the large predator. A study from 2018 showed that 617 wolf attacks on dogs were registered in Scandinavia from 1995–2018.

400 of the attacks ended with the dog being killed.

Sneli says that there is always a risk with having a loose dog on the hunt, and that the dog, for example, can be kicked by a moose. Wolves are another risk, but this took place miles north of the wolf zone, without it being able to mean that it is wolf-free.

– We agreed that it can roam one or two wolves. But if we had known that there were wolves right there, we would not have let the dogs go, Sneli says.

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He describes the loss of the dog as very sad.

– It was not fun to take that phone to the brother. This was a family dog ​​that went on fishing trips, ski trips and family trips. He was in great shape, age taken into account.

ELK HUNTING: The dog Balder had been on the hunt several times. Here it is with the last elk, before he himself was killed.

Photo: Tore Sneli

Skinny and partially eaten

The Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency carried out an inspection of the dog on the same day.

Dog killed by wolf

MALTRACTED: Balder was skinned and eaten by the wolves. Tore Sneli was terribly upset.

Photo: Tore Sneli

– We see a dog that has been maltreated. It is skinned and partially eaten. It is not a beautiful sight, especially not for the dog owner, says felling leader Lars Gangås.

As a rule, when a wolf kills a dog, there are two pieces that attack from each side, as in this case. As long as the dog is not able to hide or cover its hind body, it will be small compared to two wolves, says Gangås.

The Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency in place in Vågå after a bear was shot Monday night.  From left: Eirik Eriksen and Lars Gangås.

FELLING LEADER: Lars Gangås from the Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency says there is a big difference in how wolves behave towards dogs. He says dead Balder was not a beautiful sight.

Photo: Even Lusæter / NRK

– Wolves are very different, some pairs are worse against dogs than others. This is another pair of wolves who are not particularly kind to dogs. Probably the same couple who have taken two dogs now in a short week.

He points out that the incident was outside the wolf zone.

– The license hunt starts on December 1, so it may well be that these wolves will not be in the area for that long.

– A boring and sad case

The leader of the Norwegian Hunters’ and Fishermen’s Association, Knut Arne Gjems, believes that the time for the license hunt of wolves is very important.

– We are strongly critical of the fact that the start of the license hunt was moved from 1 October to 1 December. Otherwise you could take out the wolves that are outside the wolf zone, before they have managed to do much damage.

He has compassion for the dog owner, and he who borrowed the dog.

– It is a boring and sad case. And this is a huge challenge for us who are stray dog ​​hunters.

Knut Arne Gjems

DOG JOY: Knut Arne Gjems in the Norwegian Hunters’ and Fishermen’s Association says he has compassion for the man who lost the dog during the hunt.

Photo: private

Hope he does not have to experience it again

Tore Sneli himself has three dogs. He says there will be no more hunting for him this autumn.

Sneli would also recommend others who hunt in this area to have their dogs on a leash.

– For my part, I really hope that I do not have to experience this again, he says.