|"Inari" - Jusei No Takayuu av Enerhaugen in action in April 2010 ©Yvonne Wuoti|
The bear is
's national animal. It was an animal feared also in the past, but also a sacred and respected being. Of the important role of the bear in our ancient era and the soul landscape of the Finns tells also the fact that our language has for this species over two hundred different names. Finland Europe's largest predator the brown bear remains an issue of respect where ever it is moving.
The European brown bear's length is 130-
250 cm (51, 18 in -98, 43 in) and tail length is 5- 15 cm (1, 97 in -5,91 in). Females weigh 90- 170 kg (198, 42 lbs to 374,79 lbs, males 95- 300 kg ( 210 lbs - 662 pounds) . There are an estimated 900-1300 bears in our country and they are found throughout Finland except the . However the population is concentrated in eastern part of Åland Islands . Finland
|"Harumi" - Ura No Namihime Go Asahi Keisukesou and "Seita" - Dragon House Invictus in action ©J.Puranen|
there are killed each year from 60 to 80 bears. While hunting them dogs are often used to help. They are allowed to a fresh olfactory and if only possible not older than one night. A shy dog refuses to follow the trace of the bear. Initially, the dogs are following a bear silently. When a dog or dogs can detect contact with the bear or the fleeing bears fresh odor, it should start a so called stop barking or aspiring the running bear. Dogs try to get with the barking contact with each other and their pack leader. Experienced bear dogs intend to draw attention to themselves and disservice to attract his master's sight. This kind of a dog requires a lot of courage and innate skills. Finland
Before you go bear hunting or just by chance meet a bear while walking in the forest, its wise to get your dog tested. Erik Blomqvist (kennel Rävas) and Antti Paloheimo (kennel Orismalaikan) developed a machine bear to test the dogs reactions and the working properties prior to the actual situation. "Penu" is built on a
Kamchatka hunted bear, two 24-volt electric motor and tires. This standing pedestal bear can be remotely controlled from a cache.
How the test is designed
Different breeds have been tested with the bear, also other than hunting dogs. This could be caused by the fact that the owners wish to receive further information regarding the nature of their dog and its behavior under various conditions.