Attitudes towards large carnivores
Finns have conflicting views concerning the management and protection of large carnivore populations. Studies have been conducted concerning how Finns about think our large carnivore populations should be managed and used when creating management plans for the wolf, the bear and the lynx. Information has also been collected by means of written surveys, interviews and public meetings. Read more about the results of the studies.
Seeing a large carnivore in the wild is very rare indeed, as the animals are very shy and with their keen senses they are able to steer clear of people. Photographing or filming large carnivores is not possible without hides and feeding spots. Nowadays nature photography and large carnivore tourism go hand in hand. Many nature photographers offer tourists the opportunity to see and photograph large carnivores for themselves. Read more about photography of large carnivors.
Large carnivores are interesting attractions from the perspective of tourism. Often the mere fact that there are large carnivores in the area brings with it excitement and a feeling that the nature of the area is genuine and original. Read more about large carnivore tourism.
Reindeer herding and large carnivores
A majority of reindeer owners approve of having large carnivores in the reindeer herding area, provided that the damages they cause are compensated for and their populations are managed. The views on large carnivores are the most positive in the northern reindeer herding area and among the younger age groups. Read more about damages in the raindeer herding area.