Nature in Finland

Surveillance camera captures bears heading to winter home

A border guard surveillance camera in Kainuu recorded a female bear and four cubs on their way to hibernation.

Bewakingscamera legt beren vast die naar winterverblijf gaan
The Finnish brown bear (Ursus arctos) is Europe’s largest predator. Photo: Kainuun rajavartiosto

Surveillance camera captures bears heading to winter home.

The Kainuu Border Guard on Friday tweeted a picture taken of a mother bear and four cubs walking along a lakeshore to their winter roost.

Jouko Kinnunen, captain of the Vartius Border Guard on the Finnish-Russian border, tweeted the photo. “Sometimes our technical surveillance takes beautiful nature and animal photos,” he said. Kinnunen, who said it was rare to see so many bears at once. “We think this group was on its way to hibernate,” he said.

Bears generally begin their hibernation between September and November. According to Ilpo Kojola, a research professor at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), studies of collared bears show that sows (female bears) usually hibernate around 12 October. Several cameras monitor the area around the Vartius border crossing. Besides bears, the station captured images of other forest dwellers, including wolves, wolverines, foxes, lynx, moose, reindeer and deer.

“Nature knows no boundaries and wild animals come and go as they please,” Kinnunen said.

Source: Yle