The institute completed its wolf count this week. According to researcher Samuli Heikkinen, it is clear that people kill dozens of wolves every year.
“When we leave aside traffic-related deaths and deaths from other natural causes, there remains no other option,” he says.
Meanwhile, the Finnish Hunters’ Association estimates that over 300 wolves roamed Finland last year – in other words, twice the number that the institute has put forward. Heikkinen says that the association’s figures are erroneous and stem from a different way of counting wolves.
“Hunters count the same tracks several times,” Heikkinen says.