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May 15, 2018 10:13

Hunting and fishing control report: Record amount of large predator supervision

Last year the hunting and fishing supervision authorities conducted a record number of inspections regarding the hunting of large predators. The number of crimes uncovered was below average. Read more

May 15, 2018 10:10

Even moose come in second when hunters in North Karelia go on a bear hunt

In parts of North Karelia bear hunting is more popular than moose hunting. Especially in Ilomantsi, Lieksa, and Nurmes bears are important big game. Bear hunting begins on August 20. Read more

May 15, 2018 10:08 updates instructions on how to confront large predators

Finns are confronting large predators in nature with increasing frequency., Finland's official large predator website, responded to the increased need for information and completely redesigned its pages. The pages now include instructions on what to do when confronting a large predator. The pages are produced by Metsähallitus, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Finnish Wildlife Agency, Natural Resources Institute Finland, and the Ministry of the Environment. Read more

Apr 11, 2017 10:24

A wolverine is suspected to have been killed illegally in Taivalkoski

The hunting and fishing supervisors of the State Forest Enterprise (Metsähallitus) have revealed a suspected illegal wolverine killing in Taivalkoski. The police are investigating the case as a serious hunting offence. Read more

Jan 19, 2017 11:17

Blog, professor Ilpo Kojola: Is there a predator pit in Karelia?

Moose is the number one big game species among Nordic hunters, and the volume of moose meat consumed by humans is multifold compared to other game. Moose hunting also has remarkable socio-cultural meanings for local communities. Due to low population densities, moose was last year virtually protected from hunting within 8 500 km2 area in the province of North Karelia in Finland, fueling particularly hunter displeasure and frustration. Read more

Dec 22, 2016 15:51

Hunting quota of 53 individuals for wolves outside the reindeer herding area

A decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry sets the annual hunting quota for wolves outside the reindeer herding area at 43 individuals for the hunting years 2016-2018. From the draft circulated for comment the quota was increased by 13 individuals because of the revised population estimates by the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Read more

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Nov 15, 2016 10:08

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry proposes: Next winter the maximum of 40 wolves may be killed outside the reindeer husbandry area

A decree of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Forestry sets the annual quota for wolves to be killed outside the reindeer husbandry area at 40 for the hunting years 2016–2018. The previous decree for the year 2015–2016 was concerned only with hunting for population management purposes. The quota was 46 and a total of 43 wolves were killed. Removals from the population during the hunting year totalled 78 wolves. Read more

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Oct 31, 2016 10:40

Evaluation of wolf hunting for population management – Hunting continues with some changes

The Management Plan for the Wolf Population in Finland, adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in January 2015, proposes a two-year trial period for allowing more flexibility in the hunting of wolves. The hunting allowed in winter 2015 and winter 2016 was to target young wolves, while killing alpha individuals was to be avoided in order not to put the viability of the pack at risk. After the two-year trial an evaluation was to be conducted before deciding whether hunting should be continued. Read more

Oct 21, 2016 10:36

Method of estimating Finnish wolf population size has been evaluated

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

Jun 22, 2016 10:00

Learn about large carnivores in Finland at

Large carnivore populations are increasing in numbers and spreading to new areas in Europe, thanks to the conservation measures that have been taken. This has aroused considerable interest in large carnivores but also given rise to some concern and public debate. Read more

Finlands Viltcentral
Jun 08, 2016 09:00

Implementation of the Wolf Management Plan Well Underway

Already half of the measures defined in the 2015 Wolf Management Plan have already been realized. These measures have focused on the wolves, information sharing and acquisition, and the locals’ opportunities regarding their participation in the improvement of their area’s wolf population management. Read more

May 25, 2016 12:36

Learn to identify tracks left by large carnivores

When you are travelling in nature you might be following a bear's path, quite literally. But can you tell the tracks of a wolf apart from tracks left by a dog? And do you know where you should report your large carnivore sightings? Read more

May 25, 2016 12:25

Do you know what to do if you meet a bear in the woods?

You would really like to go berry picking or mushroom hunting in the woods, but is it safe? In general, large carnivores try to stay away from humans, but in some exceptional cases you might find yourself face to face with a bear. Here is some advice from a wildlife expert on how you should act. Read more

Finlands Viltcentral
Feb 22, 2016 13:25

The Population-Based Wolf Hunt Has Ended

The population-based wolf hunt has now ended. Hunting licenses based on population management purposes for the hunting of wolves resulted in 43 kills. Three licenses remained unused in North Karelia. This year marked the second hunting year of the two-year trial which will be used as the basis for the assessment of the hunt’s impact on wolf populations and behavior. Read more

Finlands Viltcentral
Jan 12, 2015 13:23

Applications for the hunting of 48 wolves

Finland’s Wolf Management Plan proposes that the hunting of wolves can be commenced with population-based hunting licenses for population management purposes as of 2015. The Finnish Wildlife Agency received 18 applications by January 9th for the hunting of 48 wolves in 27 territories. Most of the applications were from Kainuu and North Karelia. Read more