Four cubs were filmed by a game camera in late June near the border of Raseborg and Salo. Their parents are apparently Finland's southernmost breeding wolf pair in more than a century. The adults have been observed in the area for about a year, but no livestock damages have been reported.
The Finnish Hunters' Association notes that there is an abundant supply of deer and elk in the area, and large contiguous forest areas.
“This is typical behaviour for a wolf pair: they wander around for a couple of years before having cubs and settling down to live as a pack in a certain area,” says Teemu Simenius of the Finnish Hunters' Association.
He says that this is the furthest south wolves have been observed to breed in a century, although lone wolves have been sighted even further south, including on the Hanko and Porkkala peninsulas.
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And it's not just Finland! Apparently, it's a trend all across Europe, as Stephanie Pappas of the Christian Science Monitor reported in December 2014:
"Despite having half the land area of the contiguous United States and double the population density, Europe is home to twice as many wolves as the U.S.
Wolves are thriving, with more than 12,000 individuals found in 10 populations in 28 countries ."