Rare wolf sighting in east Helsinki

A number of people reported seeing the creature before police could confirm that it was indeed a wolf.

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Picture of the wolf spotted in east Helsinki on Monday 11th March, 2019 / Credit: Helsinki Police

Police in Helsinki confirmed a rare wolf citing in the Finnish capital today.

On Monday morning police wrote on Twitter that an animal resembling a wolf had been seen in east Helsinki. Several people reported seeing the creature, but it hadn’t approached any humans.

Later, police confirmed that animal experts had positively identified the canine as a wolf, but that it had continued on its journey and left the area.

Although wolves sometimes come into city outskirts, they’re not frequent visitors to the Finnish capital and are more likely to be found in eastern border regions.

There’s only an estimated 190 wolves in the country, and they are classified as an endangered species.

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