Eurasian Brown Bear deep in the taiga forest – Finland 2021

Eurasian Brown Bear deep in the taiga forest. It was a very picturesque scene deep in the taiga forest. The colours were vibrant and striking. A perfect setting to see wildlife. We waited a few hours before this Eurasian Brown Bear emerged into the small clearing immediately in front of us. For a while it snuffled around looking for food before dashing back into the depths of the forest.

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 with claws that can be 10cm long. It is thought that there are around 2000 bears in Finland.