Meeting a large carnivore
If you come across a large carnivore in the wild, keep calm. You should not shout or turn your back on the animal.
This website is the number one source of information on Finland's large carnivores. We offer objective and reliable information and help people coexist with these animals.
The website is maintained by Metsähallitus, the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Finnish Wildlife Agency, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment.
The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has commissioned an international evaluation of the method used for estimating the wolf population size. The evaluation sought to develop a scientific foundation for the assessment method, in order to enhance its accuracy and transparency. On the basis of this assessment, Luke will describe the method used and publish it in a scientific series subject to peer review, enhance the institute’s methodological and modelling competencies, develop genetic monitoring, and pilot the more extensive use of field staff in areas where only a limited number of predator contact persons are available. Read more
Attitudes towards predators have always varied by species. The wise bear has been respected throughout the ages while people have rarely had anything good to say about the cruel wolf. Even though the world has changed, these ancient attitudes are still present in people's minds today.