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A border guard surveillance camera in Kainuu recorded a bear and four cubs heading for hibernation.

The Finnish brown bear (Ursus arctos) is the largest predator in Europe. Image: Kainuun Rajavartiosto

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Jouko Kinnunen, captain of the Vartius border crossing point in Kuhmo, on the Finnish-Russian border, tweeted the photo.

“Sometimes our technical surveillance captures beautiful photos of nature and animals,” he said.

Kinnunen, who said it was rare to see so many bears at once, explained that the drizzle feasted on both sides of the border.

“But we think this group was about to hibernate.”

Bears usually begin to settle for their winter sleep between September and November.

Collared bear studies indicate that sows (female bears) typically begin hibernating around October 12, according to Ilpo Kojola, professor-researcher at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Several cameras monitor the area surrounding the Vartius border crossing point. In addition to bears, the station captured footage of other forest dwellers, including wolves, wolverines, foxes, lynxes, elk, reindeer and deer.

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


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