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December 2, 2015 1:31 PM EST

More than 11,500 hunters applied for licenses to kill 16 wolves during the 2015-2016 Norwegian hunting season, a ratio of more than 700 hunters per wolf.

The wolf is not the only desirable animal for hunters in the Scandinavian country, according to a Guardian report. More than 10,900 applied for licenses to hunt 18 Norwegian brown bears and more than 10,800 applied to hunt 141 wolverines.

The total wolf population in the country may be as low as 30, according to the report. Norway—a country with a strong hunting tradition—issues licenses to protect livestock.


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