Sijainti: Pääsivu / Embracing Coexistence / Coexistence with wolves and non-lethal alternatives

Coexistence with wolves and non-lethal alternatives











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

The current wolf population in Finland is extremely low (around 200 individuals) and poaching is still a commonplace occurrence. This situation has received wide attention from Finnish and international media such as YLE, The Guardian, AP, The New York Times, Deutsche Welle, and many others. 

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

Many artists and celebrities are supporting our campaign such as Aki Kaurismäki, 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.

Fear of wolves can be effectively addressed by sharing science-based and up-to-date information about wolf behavior. It is important that the information shared reaches all sectors of society, and that it 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.