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Finland at a glance

Main prey for wolves here are ungulates and livestock. Wolf range is approximately 20 percent of the map shown in central and western Finland, south of reindeer husbandry areas. Highest densities are found in Kainuu and northern Karelia. Range lines are not depicted.

Species Information

Common Name: gray wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus

Common Names: susi (Finnish), varg (Swedish)
Latin Name: Canis lupus lupus

Current Wolf Population, Trend, Status
Number of wolves: 150 (11 packs with 7 transborder packs with Russia)
Year of most recent census: 2006
Population trend: Stable/Increasing
Legal protection: Full protection with some exceptions, but illegal killing and/or harassment due to livestock depredation occurs

Most recent wolf data available: 2013

Human Relationships

Recovery and Management

Management Plan for the Wolf Population in Finland (pdf)

Article: Legitimacy Issues in Finnish Wolf Conservation

The Wolf Debate in Finland: Expectations and Objectives for the Management of the Wolf Population at a Regional and National Level (pdf)


Related Links and Information

Skandulv – The Scandinavian Wolf Project – provides current news and population information regarding the wolves in Scandinavia. Choose the British flag (far right) for English language.

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