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Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Jun 28, 2019 14:17

New draft Management Plan for the Wolf Population sent for comments

A wolf looking at the camera standing in a swamp.

A draft of the updated Management Plan for the Wolf Population has been sent out for comments. The management plan is intended as a tool for managing the Finnish wolf population and wolf-related conflicts and an important means for implementing wolf policy. The plan also fulfils Finland’s international obligations concerning the protection of species. Comments on the draft will be accepted until 30 August 2019. Read article

Mar 27, 2019 15:30

Engagement needed at the local level to implement the measures in Management Plan for the Wolf Population

A wolf is standing on a snowy lake in the middle of reeds.

In its meeting, the steering group in charge of the Management Plan for the Wolf Population discussed multi-species population management, the question of acceptance of wolves in society and the importance of taking into account regional and local perspectives when updating the management plan. The next step in the project to update the Management Plan for the Wolf Population is to establish concrete measures and targets. Read article

Mar 13, 2019 14:00

GPS collaring provides extensive and useful information on wolves

A wolf is standing on a snowy lake in the middle of reeds.

In its meeting on 26 February 2019, the working group preparing the Management Plan for the Wolf Population discussed GPS collaring of wolves and communications related to wolves. The working group stressed the importance of collaring in gathering important data for population estimates and research. Collaring also provides citizens with necessary information, particularly in areas with new wolf populations, and helps to prevent attacks on hunting dogs, for instance. Read article

Feb 27, 2019 14:00

Working group preparing the Management Plan for the Wolf Population discusses illegal hunting of wolves

A wolf is standing on a snowy lake in the middle of reeds.

In its meeting on 15 February 2019, the working group preparing the Management Plan for the Wolf Population discussed illegal hunting of wolves and measures to improve the social acceptance of the wolf. According to a police estimate, illegal hunting of wolves has been commonplace in Finland. However, only a small number of incidents of illegal hunting of wolves come to the attention of the supervisory authorities. Read article

Feb 14, 2019 10:40

Working group preparing the Management Plan for the Wolf Population discusses multi-species population management

A wolf is standing on a snowy lake in the middle of reeds.

The working group preparing the Management Plan for the Wolf Population discussed multi-species management of large carnivore and cervid populations that takes into account the interdependencies and relationships between the species. They also explored the theme from the perspective of social and economic impacts. Read article

Metsähallitus May 15, 2018 10:13

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

Bear's footprints on wet ice.

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 article

Metsähallitus May 15, 2018 10:10

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

Two men carries a shot bear in a forest.

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 article

Metsähallitus May 15, 2018 10:08

Suurpedot.fi updates instructions on how to confront large predators

Wolf in a forest.

Finns are confronting large predators in nature with increasing frequency. Suurpedot.fi, 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 article

Metsähallitus 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 article

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 article

Dec 22, 2016 15:51

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

A wolf smelling the ground in a winter landscape.

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 article

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

Pack of three wolves on snow.

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 article

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

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

A wolf looking at the camera in tall grass.

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 article

Oct 21, 2016 10:36

Method of estimating Finnish wolf population size has been evaluated

A wolf is standing in the swamp.

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 article

Jun 22, 2016 10:00

Learn about large carnivores in Finland at largecarnivores.fi

A urinating wolf looking at the camera. Superimposed on the image is the text: Nature calling?

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 article

Finlands Viltcentral Jun 08, 2016 09:00

Implementation of the Wolf Management Plan Well Underway

A wolf walking with carrion in its mouth.

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 article

May 25, 2016 12:36

Learn to identify tracks left by large carnivores

The footprint of a wolf in sandy ground. Beside it is a measuring tape that shows the footprint is about 10 cm wide.

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 article

May 25, 2016 12:25

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

Bear is staring intensively.

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 article

Finlands Viltcentral Feb 22, 2016 13:25

The Population-Based Wolf Hunt Has Ended

Pack of three wolves on snow.

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 article

Finlands Viltcentral Jan 12, 2015 13:23

Applications for the hunting of 48 wolves

A wolf in a Finnish landscape, behind a small tree, looking at the photographer.

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 article

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Information on large carnivores in Nordic countries

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