Bears and wolves migrate from Russia20.03.2020
In the Russia North-Western Federal district, which includes several Arctic regions: Karelia, Komi, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions and the Nenets Autonomous district, the large predators number has increased. Not finding enough food on the Russian territory, they migrate to neighboring European States. Every year 8 new bears come to Finland from Russia.
In Russia, they try to regulate the predators number by introducing preferences for hunters, but hunting wolves or bears is expensive and difficult. A workshop on wild animal migration and population management was held in Arkhangelsk in March 2020 with the participation of representatives from Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Russian Arctic regions. At the workshop, experts from Europe shared their sparing animal repelling experience. This experience is extremely relevant for Russian regions. In the Arkhangelsk region, for example, the brown bear population accounts for 70% of the entire northwestern bear population, which is about 18 thousand predators. In the Arkhangelsk region, by the way, hunters are paid for the wolf they hunt. Since then, the wolf population has declined slightly, but it is still very large.
Let me remind you that even the endangered polar bear is allowed to be hunted in Alaska. Every year, a Chukotka and Alaska specialists joint conference is held, where a quota for polar bear production is jointly set. But in Russia, polar bear hunting is prohibited, so only Alaskans use their quota.