Something about the forest
The western parts of the world´s biggest continuous coniferous tree forest, the huge Taiga belongs to Finland. Same type of boreal forest exists across North America and Eurasia. Taiga is the Russian name for this forest which covers so much of that country. However, the term is used in North America as well.
Fur-bearing predators like the wolf, wolverine, lynx , otter, fox and the big elk (herbivore) which is known as a moose in North America are perhaps most characteristic animals of the boreal forest. Feed for the predators include European hare, varying hare, vole etc.
The bag of the Finnish hunters are over 80 000 elks in a year. Hunting of the elk and the white-tailed deer is necessary because they cause a serious danger to the traffic.
Of course there is a bear too,a holy creature to us Finns. (You shall not take The Name of The Lord your God in vain,...) Thefore there are several aliases given to bear, like Otso, Kontio, Mesikämmen, Nalle, Metsän Omena, Metsän Ruhtinas, the latest one translates "The Prince of The Forest".
The bear which is living here in our neigbourhood (Ursus Arctos) is not dangerous at all. When you meet Him in a forest you just have to lie down, stay motionless and act dead then the bear in most cases don´t like to eat you.