Taken from the official website of the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management.
The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management wrote:Winter 2007/2008, a maximum of 15 pure-Norwegian wolves were registered, according to a temporary report from the National supervision program for predators (loosely translated). This is a clear decline compared to earlier years. This decline is explained, among other ways, with the fact that there has not been any offspring in Norway during the year of 2007.
In 2007, a total of 19 mating couples with offspring were registered in Scandinavia. One of these was from a territory at the border between Norway and Sweden. The 18 others were in pure-Swedish territories.
When it comes to the total count of wolves in Scandinavia, the temporary numbers show that there was a minimum of 147-173 wolves in Scandinavia last winter. Of these, 8-15 wolves were pure Norwegian, and 10-13 resided at the border between Norway and Sweden.
Compared to last year, this means a decline in the Norwegian wolf population at about 43 %.
Another explanation on the decline, is that illegal wolf hunting is an important source of death for wolves in Scandinavia. This is spoken about in a report from the wolf research project Skandulv (Scandwolf).
At the same time as the wolf population in Norway is going downwards, the Swedish population is in a noticeable growth. This means that the Scandinavian wolf population as a whole keeps on growing. Last year, said population increased by ca. 13 %.
The total number of matings in Scandinavia is assumed to increase further in 2008, and there is potential for more offspring at the Norwegian side as well as in Sweden and Finland.
http://www.dirnat.no/content.ap?thisId= ... language=0 (Norwegian; I have translated everything that was written on the matter)