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Winter Wolves Mark Oslo as Home

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Ostmarka is a popular rec area in Oslo
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Østmarka, a forest on Oslo's eastern border, is home to a rare site indeed – a pair of wolves now happily marking their territory for the first time in more than 200 years. At present, the wolves are viewed as either a welcome sight or a curious attraction, and with their naturally shy behavior and small population, few are expected to encounter them despite heavy traffic from bicyclists, skiers and hikers.

Wildlife researchers had some sensational news for Oslo residents this week: They’re almost certain that a pair of wolves have been marking territory this winter in Oslo’s eastern forest known as Østmarka. A litter of pups may result later this spring.

It would be the the first time a pack of wolves has established itself in Østmarka since the 1800s. Since most of Østmarka lies within the city limits of Oslo, it’s an especially noteworthy development for conservationists, but unnerving for others.

That’s because Østmarka is a popular recreational area for Oslo residents year-round, full of marked skiing and hiking trails, forest roads used as bicyle paths and several lakes for swimming and paddling in the summer, skating and skiing in the winter.


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