Brown Bear checks out a reindeer carcass – Finland 2021

Brown Bear checks out a reindeer carcass.

Dusk was getting close and the drizzle had started in the taiga forest of northeast Finland. At this moment a Eurasian Brown Bear emerged from the gloomy forest. It had clearly picked up the scent from the reindeer carcass nearby. It wandered over to the carcass, had a nibble before continuing on its way. A nice way to end the day’s wildlife viewing.

For the Eurasian Brown Bear, the majority of its diet consists of sedges, fruits, berries leaves and roots. They do not normally catch and kill their food but will scavenge on almost anything. These bears can double their weight from spring to winter. They are not full hibernators but like to den in protected spots and are easily woken!

A fully grown male Eurasian brown Bear can weigh up to 480 kg and can have length of 2.5m. Females are smaller weighing between 150-250kg. They have huge paws