The wolf is a timid animal that avoids humans. It is also curious and moves a lot and therefore drifts close to human settlements.
Yard visits have become more common in recent years. Wolves have become more abundant and spread to new areas that are much more populated than the traditional core areas of the population in Eastern Finland.
Human contact seems to have alleviated human sensitivity – but could it be increased by shooting individuals seeking to courtyards? Wolves, like other intelligent animals, have quite advanced communication skills, but the message that a speciesmate who made a mistake too close to a human has lost his life is hardly conveyed to other wolves.
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If more wolves on the outskirts of the dwellings were shot, yard visits would certainly decrease. Then it is important to be careful not to kill the adult individuals in the herd, as young wolves, who are still honing their prey skills, usually look for their food in the yards.
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Outside the settlement, wolves are hunted by driving or flag fishing. The yacht causes fear and panic in the wolves, but there is no research evidence that hunting permanently changes their behavior.
Defendant Ilpo Kojola,
Research Professor, Natural Resources Center.
Published in Science Journal 1/2021
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