Police take down wolf prowling residencies in Finland

A grey wolf in forest in Finland. (iStock)
A grey wolf in forest in Finland. (iStock)
Late Wednesday night police shot a wolf that has repeatedly spent the daylight hours prowling areas of human habitation around Vehmaa, in the western municipality of Vakka-Suomi, Finland.

The order to terminate the she-wolf was granted a month ago.

Police cornered and killed the wolf an hour before midnight on Wednesday, after it was discovered in a residential yard in the village of Tanila. The police had ordered the wild animal’s termination a month ago, as it had been repeatedly sighted moving in residential yards during daylight hours.

According to the police such behavior is atypical of the species, which normally shun humans.

The she-wolf had appeared to be in fairly good condition, police reported, weighing in at 31.7 kg.

The deceased wolf will be taken to Finnish Food and Safety Authority Evira’s Oulu offices to undergo studies. Amongst other functions, Evira’s laboratory operations encompass animal disease diagnostics.

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