Police give advice on wolf encounters during winter

The same advice is also good if you spot other large carnivores like bears, wolverines and lynx.

File picture of three wolves / Credit: iStock

Police in Finland have issued advice for anyone who encounters a wolf in the wild during winter.

There’s only an estimated 190 individuals in the country, and although they are classified as an endangered species, there is still a change you might face one of them in the wild in the countryside or even urban areas.

According to the latest police guidelines, you should call directly to the 112 emergency number if:

  • A wolf has injured a human;
  • A wolf is in close proximity to human habitation and it will not leave, or keeps circling around;
  • A wolf tries to approach a human, or behaves without fear of human beings;
  • A wolf is injured or ill;
  • A wolf has been involved in a traffic accident;
  • A wolf has been seen close to human habitation or a residential area during daytime;
  • A wolf has caused significant damage to domestic or farm animals.

Police say there’s no need to call them if you spot wolf prints on the ground but instead get in touch with the Finnish Wildlife Agency Riista and inform them.

The Agency handles field examinations and records large carnivore sightings.

The advice for wolf encounters, says the police, is the same for all large carnivores in Finland like bears, lynx and wolverines.