Finland’s autumn cull nets 40 bears in opening weekend

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Hunters in northern Karelia, eastern Finland bagged a total 41 bears during the weekend as part of this year’s autumn cull. Officials had given a total of 47 licenses for the season.

 

This year officials distributed a total of 47 licenses to hunt bears in the northern Karelia region. ( Anu Rummukainen / Yle)
This year officials distributed a total of 47 licenses to hunt bears in the northern Karelia region. ( Anu Rummukainen / Yle)

The autumn bear hunt began on Saturday and by Monday morning, hunters had killed 41 animals.

Hunters used up their full complement of bear licenses in areas such as Lieksa, central Karelia and Joensuu. Early Monday morning animals were still being brought down in Lieksa, Ilomantsi and Tuupovaara.

Bear hunt coordinator Matti Törrönen said that the high count at this early stage in the season indicates that the bear population is thriving.

“Bears in the northern Karelia region are well and evenly-distributed. That’s the reason for this,” Törrönen said.

“And the weather conditions have been good for hunting. Only on Saturday heavy rains disrupted the start in central Karelia. In the beginning we thought it [the hunt] would go even faster,” he added.

This year officials distributed a total of 47 licenses to hunt bears in the northern Karelia region.

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