Conservation of large carnivores

Finland is bound by both national and international agreements to maintain healthy predator populations. Minimum viable population (MVP) is a concept used by zoologists to describe the minimum number of animals in a population that allows the species to survive into the future without going extinct. If the population of a species is too low, it is probably brought down by a combination of factors, even if everything seems to be fine on the surface.

Present situation

The number of lynxes and bears in Finland is so high that the species will probably remain a part of Finnish nature for generations to come. The number of wolves and wolverines, however, is so low that they would have already disappeared without conservation efforts and animals migrating into the country. A few dozen wolverines migrate into Finland each year. The Finnish wolf population is still completely reliant on wolves migrating from Russia, even though wolves are already breeding in our country.

Conservation methods

The methods of large carnivore conservation include research, raising awareness, influencing attitudes, transplantations and prevention and compensation of damages.