Wolf pack action – Finland 2021

Wolf pack action. In the taiga forest of northeast Finland members of the 14 strong wolf pack had been wandering about in the meadow in front of us. Suddenly, from the right, the alpha male emerged and ran towards the rest of the pack. The interaction between the pack members was a delight to watch.

The Eurasian Wolf or common Wolf (Canis lupus lupus) is a subspecies of Grey Wolf. It is a formidable predator: keen senses, powerful jaws, large canines and it can pursue prey at up to 60km/hr. Their main prey are large herbivores like Reindeer and Moose. They mostly take young, old or animals in a poor condition and as a result they help maintain the vigour of the herbivore population. The Finnish wolf population is small numbering less than 250 individuals. However, they are part of a much larger population in Russia.