Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing
rovdyravg, Registered mortality of large carnivores, wolf, bear, wolverine, lynx, killed by car, killed by train, felled as nuisance, felled illegally, quota hunting, felled under licence, self defence, white-tailed eagle, goshawk, golden eagleHunting , Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

Registered mortality of large carnivores


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Key figures


wolves shot or killed for other reasons during the hunting year 2019/2020

Registered mortality of large carnivores. Absolute number
2019-20202018-2019 - 2019-20202015-2016 - 2019-2020

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Table 1 
Bear,wolf and wolverine shot under licence and quota hunting on lynx, by administration area

Bear,wolf and wolverine shot under licence and quota hunting on lynx, by administration area12
Shot under licenceQuota hunting
Licenses issuedFelledLicenses issuedFelledLicenses issuedFelledLicenses issuedFelled
1The Norwegian Environment Agency includes animals killed of other reasons in the figures for animal shot during the period of licencense and quota hunting. Therefor their figures can depart from these figures.
2The administrations areas of Oslo, Akershus, Østfold and Hedmark have common quota of wolf. The quota is given for the administration area where most animal where shot.
Administration area
Vest-Agder, Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn and Fjordane--3-8---
Buskerud, Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder--312-2018
Troms, Finnmark----343--
Møre and Romsdal, Trøndelag--3128192525
Østfold, Akershus, Oslo---1----

Table 2 
Registered mortality of large carnivores, by cause. Number

Registered mortality of large carnivores, by cause. Number
Animals killed as nuisance115528
Animals felled as self-defence0100
Animals felled illegally0001
Animals killed by vehicle0236
Animals killed by train1001
Animals killed by other causes1293
Animals felled under licence hunting210500
Animals felled under quota hunting00051

About the statistics

The statistics show registered mortality of large carnivores in Norway. The figures are given by region and cause. The statistics also comprise the number of hunting licenses and the number of lynx shot under quota hunting and the number of bears, wolverines and wolves shot under license.



Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The hunting year

One hunting year runs from 1 April to 31 March the following year.

Large predators

Large predators include bears, wolves, wolverines and lynx.

Large birds of prey

Large birds of prey include white-tailed eagles, goshawks and golden eagles.

Licensed hunting

The authorities grant a licence to shoot large carnivores in cases where it is necessary to reduce the growth of a carnivore stock to avoid them causing damage and prevent the loss of livestock.

Quota hunting


Quota hunting of lynx takes place in February and March. The County Governor determines the hunting quota hunting of lynx. Anyone who meets the requirements can hunt lynx in areas where quota hunting is in effect.


Shot as nuisance


The authorities grant permits to shoot single animals in order to prevent large carnivores killing or causing damage to livestock or domesticated reindeer.



Standard classifications

Classification of registered non-harvest mortality of cervids and large carnivores

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Registered mortality of large carnivores
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

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Responsible division

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Regional level

County and administration area

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Data sets are stored at Statistics Norway.


Background and purpose

The purpose of the statistics is to provide information on the reduction of large predators and eagles. The act relating to the extermination of predators and protection of other wild game was passed in 1845 and introduced official premium payments for certain species. The persons responsible for making the payments in the individual municipalities submitted reports containing statistics on the predators and nuisance animals for which premiums had been paid. As a rule, this was the local police or chief municipal treasurer. Much has changed since the act was passed in 1845. Today, bears, wolves, wolverines and eagles are protected, and lynx hunting is regulated by quota.

Users and applications

The statistics are compiled for The Norwegian Environment Agency and serve as an important tool in the local and national management of large predators and eagles. Public agencies (ministries, counties, municipalities) and research institutes use the statistics. Other major user groups include professional publications, hunters and animal protection groups.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Statistics on the registered non-harvest mortality are published at the following website address

Legal authority

The Wildlife Act and The Statistics Act § 2.1

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistics cover killed and destroyed game reported to municipal wildlife management departments.

Data sources and sampling

The Norwegian Environment Agency and municipal wildlife management departments.

All municipalities and counties.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The statistics are based on reports of reductions of large predators from the Norwegian Environment Agency, and reports of large birds of prey from municipal wildlife management departments.

Regular controls and revisions are carried out on the incoming material. The forms are checked for absolute and possible errors, and errors are corrected during the revision of the forms. Where necessary, the municipal authorities are contacted to clarify cases of doubt.

The number of killed animals is summarised and distributed by municipality.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

Breaks in the time series have not occurred since the statistics were started in 1846.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

As bears, wolves, wolverines and eagles are protected and lynx hunting is regulated by quota, reductions are easy to check. Although these factors mean reliable reporting, unreported reductions can occur. It can be difficult to determine the sex and age of animals that have been dead for a long time before they are found. In such cases the municipal wildlife management department must use its judgement. In general, all reductions should be reported, but for various reasons this is not always done. The data for birds of prey can be viewed as minimum figures.

Reporting to Statistics Norway is compulsory for all municipalities. Statistics Norway and the county management contact all municipalities that have not forwarded the reports within the time limit. In that way all municipalities are covered.


Not relevant