Sijainti: Pääsivu / #GREYPRIDE European Wolf Conservation Campaign / Coexistence with wolves and non-lethal alternatives

Coexistence with wolves and non-lethal alternatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Together with other European countries, Finland is committed to halt the loss of natural diversity by 2020.

Unfortunately the current wolf population in Finland is extremely low (150-180 individuals left) and this has received wide attention from the Finnish and international media such as YLE, The Guardian, AP, The New York Times, Deutsche Welle, and many others. 

The public awareness campaign #GREYPRIDE highlights Finland´s critical wolf situation and advocates for the protection of our wildlife heritage. (Please see our poster collection) 

This campaign has been supported by celebrities such as Sami Yaffa, Rosa Liksom, Outi Heiskanen, Samuli Heimonen, Roman Schatz, Sampo Marjomaa and many others. 


Fear of Wolves


Today there is considered to be very little risk to humans from wolves in Europe, yet public attitudes remain negative. Research shows that wolf attacks are perceived to be more common than they actually are, and fear of wolves is still a significant factor in opposition to wolf recovery in many areas.

This fear can be effectively addressed by good education, through lectures, talks, information centres and publications about wolves. It is important that education is carried out in all sections of society, and is honest about the risks posed by wolves. Denying that wolves are potentially dangerous can be counter-productive, as anti-wolf campaigners will accuse conservationists of deliberately misleading the public. Better understanding of the risks reduces fear. Education should include discouraging the public from feeding wolves or approaching too closely, as most incidents where people have been injured by wolves in the last few years have involved animals that had become habituated to being around people and associating them with food.