Wolverine  and Wolf

March - April

The wolverine photography season at Wild Brown Bear begins in March while the bear season starts in April when the bears emerge from hibernation, with both continuing till the beginning of October.The likelihood of observing wolverine depends month by month, but ranges between 60-90% per evening. In April and May you will have a very good chance of observing and photographing the wolverines on the snow. Due to the relatively small size of the wolverine, the frost and hard snow brought about by the low temperatures will help it move more easily. The wolverine is a very timid and skittish mammal that will need total silence when observing in order to maximise the viewing experience. However, it is still possible that the wolverines may frequent the area during the daytime, although this is rare due to the wolverine being more active during dawn and dusk and under the cover of darkness.

Both wolverine and bears become increasingly more active from the beginning of April onwards, and can been seen moving around the snow and foraging in the early and late hours of the daytime. Photographing the predators on the snow is popular due to the contrasting colours of landscape and beast, and although most years the snow will remain till the beginning of May, this may change as every year has climatic variation.

The abundance of snow creates a unique image and the perfect background on which to photograph the wild animals. The reflectivity of the snow allows shooting past the hours of daylight and also softens the light on the animal.

As the likelihood for observing these predators is relatively high, all you need to decide is what background you wish to use for your photographs, i.e. Hide number, and which season to photography them in. Unlike the summer and autumn months were hide number is critical in achieving a specific background for your photographs, due to the snow cover around the hides and frozen lakes and ponds, the view from any of the available hides is much more similar. It must be noted that wolverines are difficult to photograph due to their fast movements and skittish behaviour, because of this a good image is rewarding and unique in its appearance. To bring out some of the wolverines unique behaviour, it is possible for small portions of meat to be placed at different heights on the trees surrounding the hides. By doing this the wolverines will stand on their hind legs and even climb onto the trees to reach the meat. It is possible to do this on various trees and this allows a wider array of photographs to be taken. Again it must be noted that wolverines react and move much quicker than the bears, being prepared in the field will aid you achieving your perfect photograph. Due to the small size of the wolverine, it is more easily seen moving about on the snow cover, when the snow begins to thaw out and the grasses begin to establish, the wolverine can sometimes be more elusive, which requires more attention from the observer. However like everything, each season has its highlights and when the snow has thawed it is possible to photograph the wolverine with its reflection in the calm ponds, and the lush vegetation of late spring and summer make for some beautiful images.

May

June-August

September

The Wolverine Gulo gulo is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae. In Finland the Wolverine population is stable around ~ 150 individuals, and the concentration of this population along primarily the Finnish-Russian border, creates a unique opportunity for photographers and watchers to capture stunning images of these rare mammals in the wild.

Wolf

At Wild Brown Bear wolves are also present year round. However, due to their large territory size and behavioural characteristics they are more elusive than the Bear or Wolverine. Spring and Autumn tend to be the most effective seasons for viewing the wolves.

If the conditions are right it is even possible to see wolves alongside the other apex predators in the area; the wolverine and the bear. Wolves have a strong symbiosis with ravens and where you see ravens gathering the wolves may not be far away. Over recent years individual wolves from a local pack have been seen to frequent the area, usually the wolves travel individually to cover ground as a pack more easily, however, in the winter months it is more common for wolves to travel together as it makes for easier work travelling through the snow as a group.