Encounter with a Bear
The brown bear is a huge animal, whose sheer size evokes awe. It is, however, in fact a timid creature that avoids contact with humans at all costs.
The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is the largest omnivore in Europe and the national animal of Finland. A fully grown male bear can weigh up to 300 kg.
For the ancient Finns, it was a feared, sacred and highly valued animal. The important status of the bear in Finland is visible in the fact that there are over 200 different names for the animal species in the Finnish language.
In the autumn, the omnivorous bear prepares himself for his winter hibernation by eating e.g. berries. Bears begin the hibernation in their nests between September and March and wake up from their wintry nap between March and May.
The biggest bear populations can be found in Eastern Finland and in Lapland. However, they can regularly be seen also in other parts of Finland. They are, in fact, found in all parts of Finland apart from the Åland islands.
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