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Monday's papers: Wolf hunt blocked, winter-spring weather questions, and a missing Danish man's 110 km mysterious journey

Possibly due to the winter holidays still being in full swing in much of the country, Monday's newspapers featured quite a few outdoor-related stories. Environmental groups have reportedly blocked the planned hunt of 24 wolves across the country that was planned to start today. The warm weather trend has meteorologists trying to figure out if Finland is really in for an early Spring this year. An intoxicated Danish man went missing in Lapland but was found in a village some 110 km away some eight hours later.

Tabloid formaatti on vallannut tilaa vanhalta perinteiseltä broadsheetilta. Viimeksi tabloidiin siirtyi oululainen Kaleva 14.2.2015.
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Planned wolf hunt blocked in courts

The country’s largest Swedish language daily Hufvudstadsbladet writes that a planned culling of 24 wolves - some 10 percent of the wolf population in the country - has been stalled in administrative courts through appeals from environmental groups.

The groups have protested each one of the special wolf hunting permit applications submitted to the Finnish Wildlife Agency. Environmental groups World Wide Fund for Nature and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation among others, have appealed to administrative courts to prohibit the hunts which were slated to begin today.

Sauli Härkönen, director for public administration at the Finnish Wildlife Agency, said they had received 24 applications for wolf hunting permits in Häme, Satakunta and southern Finland.

Härkönen said he was not surprised by the protests.

"We received a clear message that all of the permits would be appealed," he said.

The Natural Resources Institute Finland estimates that there are between 220 and 245 wolves in Finland, the paper wrote.

Spring coming early this year?

This week schools across central Finland are enjoying a week off for ski vacation. Helsingin Sanomat, the country’s biggest daily, takes a look at winter weather projections and wonders if official spring will make an early arrival this year.

According to meteorologists, spring in Finland occurs when temperatures consistently remain at above the freezing point. This week only the northern reaches of the country's temperatures are predicted to drop well below freezing, the paper writes.

European and US global meteorological experts concur that as temperatures in northern Europe this winter were milder than usual, and given current trends spring may well be on the way, possibly weeks earlier than normal.

Drunk Dane goes missing, found 110 km away

The front page of tabloid Iltalehti features a giant headline about a man who went missing into the freezing Lapland night on Friday, and was found eight hours later, 110 kilometers from where he started, but apparently doesn't know how he got there.

The 45 year-old Danish man was reportedly heavily intoxicated when he left a bar in Kilpisjärvi wearing only light clothing and without his cell phone. His companions began searching for him shortly after he disappeared around 11 p.m. Friday evening, and later police were involved in the search. Two police cruisers and a snowmobile scoured the Kilpisjärvi surroundings.

However, eight-and-a-half hours later the man was finally reached in the village of Kaaresuvanto,110 kilometers south of the search area. Police said the man was indeed cold when they found him around 7:30 on Saturday morning and suspect he likely somehow hitched a ride to his destination. The man reportedly could not recall how he got there. The paper estimated that walking such a distance would have taken about 22 hours, the paper wrote.

Temperatures that night hovered between a very cold -10 and -15 degrees Celsius. Police said they take searches in cold conditions like these very seriously.

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