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Patrol spots rare wolverine along Finland-Russia border | News

A video clip showed the wolverine running impatiently towards border guards, then the animal suddenly stopped and ran away.

File photo of a wolverine. There were around 400 wolverines in Finland in the spring of 2021, according to the Natural Resources Institute (Luke). Image: Pentti Kallinen / Yle

A rare wolverine was spotted by border guards patrolling an area along the Russian border in South Karelia on Tuesday, the agency said.

The video clip showed the wolverine running impatiently towards border guards, then the animal suddenly stopped and ran away.

The wolverine, or Gulo Gulo in Latin, is known to be particularly strong despite its small size and is able to kill prey much larger than itself.

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However, due to trapping practices, the number of species has declined since the 19th century. They are still found in the Nordic countries as well as in the far northern regions of Russia and North America.

There were around 400 wolverines in Finland in the spring of 2021, according to the Natural Resources Institute (Luke). The size of Finland’s wolverine population has increased tenfold since the early 1990s.

Head of Communications of the Border Guards of Southeast Finland, Enni Matikainen, said it’s rare for officers to come across wolverines while on patrol. One of the officers who spotted the animal on Tuesday had not encountered one in more than 30 years, he said.