I'll concentrate to the hybrid dilemma in my next post.
The amount of depredations last year is larger than ever after the wolves were eradicated from Finland sometime in 1920's. In recent years depredations on cattle has increased tremendously. In years before tighter protections took place an attack towards cattle wasn't even a yearly event. Dogs were those who ended dead in the woods or in the yard.
Last year 154 sheep, 15 cows, 45 dogs and a pony were killed by wolves.
Number of attacks were as follows: Sheep 22 attacks, cows 10 attacks, 1 attack on pony and 45 attacks on dogs.
Map of depredations
Unfortunately GoogleMaps doesn't have a sheep marker, so I had to settle to a cow in both sheep and cow depredations. If you want to see the map for yourself, here is the link: Susien uhrit
Lammas/uuhi/karitsa = Sheep/Ewe/Lamb
Lehmä/vasikka/hieho = Cow/calf/heifer
Koira/metsästyskoira = Dog/hunting dog
Poni = Pony
In previous years amount of depredations that were compensated by government were following:
Dogs 23, Sheep 18 (18+ animals), Cows 1 (1 animal), Horse 1 (1 animal)
Dogs 27, Sheep 7 (22+ animals), Cows 4 (5 animals), Horse 0
Dogs 48, Sheep 6 (28+ animals), Cows 4 (10 animals), Horse 4 (4 animals)
Dogs 24, Sheep 13 ( 58+ animals), Cows 3 (5 animals), Horse 0
Dogs 34, Sheep 16 (68 animals), Cows 8 (11 animals), Horse 0
The huge increase in depredations is likely the reason why our Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry gave an decree to have quota of 46 wolves instead of 39 proposed to them.
At the moment there is an police permit in Juuka to remove a wolf that has been frequently visiting yards in these past few days.