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Our Goals

Our Goals

Photo: (c) Laura Uotila

In the long term, Finland will have to have an ecologically and genetically strong wolf population. Wolves will need to be left to form packs, in ways natural to their species. To secure the sustainability of the vigorous Northern based wolves it is important that the populations will also have the opportunity to migrate via Finland to Sweden and Norway

The current state and development of the wolf stock points out how their management implemented by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and game preservation management authorities alone is not functioning. Representatives of nature conservation and environmental organisations will have to be given a stronger role in dealing with issues considering wolves as well as the management of any other large predator species stock to secure the future of endangered species. In addition to cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and game preserves there will have to be further cooperation with other authorities.

Rates of compensation for damages caused by great predators are to be increased and funds to be allocated annually to preventative measures such as building predator proof fences. Building of these must not be solely dependent on the activity of non-governmental organisations but the state will have to take responsibility on the matter. In the areas of reindeer breeding the Swedish model for compensation to cover damages caused by predators has to be tested and considered. Any livestock breeders will also need to be encouraged to train and use herding dogs for livestock protection. New preventative measures against damages will need to be sought out actively.

Individual wolves causing serious damage may be destroyed with carefully implemented methods, if no other preventative measures have been successful.

There needs to be motivation and resources to prevent damages caused to dogs. Hunters will have to take responsibility for the safety of their hunting dogs. If no effort is made in developing protective equipment for dogs, one should not take dogs to an area known to be inhabited by wolves.

Great predator research must be increased and its practical applications be developed. State wide observation results and surveying will need to be made transparent and widen its aims to include other people in addition to hunters.

Informing the public of large predators must not be solely the responsibility of non-governmental organisations’ voluntary work. Unnecessary and unreasonable fear of wolves will only be reduced by foresight of long term informative publicity work.

Hybridisation of wolves and dogs will have to be prevented. Even though interbreeding between dogs and wild wolves is incredibly rare, more attention needs to be paid to dog discipline in the future. Stray dogs do not belong to the Finnish natural environment.

The wolf is an essential part of the Finnish natural environment. Conservation of our wolves is not only a biological but also a socio-political problem. The positive influence which wolves and other great predators could have on local tourism and employment must be examined and developed.