Prey animal facts
The carnivores eat a wide range of different prey animals as part of their diet, and you can learn more about the carnivores’ various prey species on these pages.
Deer are the biggest and among the most important prey animals for our large carnivores. In Norway, we have five members of the deer family: moose (also known as elk), reindeer, red deer and roe deer. We also have a small number of a species called fallow deer. You can learn more about deer here!
Hares and rodents
When putting hares and rodents together, there are more of them in the wild in Norway than any other animal. This makes them important for many predators and birds of prey.
Landfowl include capercaillies, black grouse, hazel grouse and ptarmigans, all of which are important prey for many of our forest predators. You can learn more about landfowl here.
Grazing animals (livestock)
The greatest conflict between humans and carnivores is about carnivores hunting and eating livestock like sheep and semi-domesticated reindeer. Several thousand of them are taken by predators every year, and you can learn a bit more about this issue here