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Eurasian Brown Bear in the Taiga forest

Ref: AAA1014 / 2028

The remote forests of Finland are one of the few places in Europe where all four of the larger predators can be found.  Eurasian Brown bears (Ursus arctos) and Eurasian wolves (Canis Lupus) can be observed, with some perseverance and luck, all over Finland. However they are more likely to be seen in Eastern Finland where the remote taiga forests straddle the Finnish/Russian border.  It is estimated that there are between 1200 to 1500 bears and 200 to 235 wolves in Finland although accurate numbers are difficult to confirm as individuals frequently cross the border with Russia.

The Wolverine (Gulo gulo) is an endangered species in Finland  with only around 150 individuals and only approximately 600 individuals in the whole Fennoscandinavian region itself.  Although the secretive Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) is fairly widespread in Finland with an estimated 2100 plus individuals, they are extremely difficult to see due to their rather elusive nature.

Due to their secretive nature, observing and photographing  bears wolves and wolverines is generally only possible during the few hours either side of dusk and dawn. However as Summer approaches the Sun only briefly drops below the horizon allowing observation all night and on a clear night photography for all but an hour or two  during the darkest hours.  All images of bears, wolverines and wolves depicted in the Finland gallery were taken during many 14 hour overnight sessions from various static hides located on the Finnish/Russian border. 

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