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These amazing pictures were captured by nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen, 56, in the wilds of northern Finland.

Wolves were once extinct in Sweden but are now recovering, still there are just about 400-500 wolves in Sweden. The Grey Wolf in Scandinavia is the largest member of its family, with males averaging 50 kg, and females 40 kg.

Its winter fur is long and bushy, and is usually mottled gray/yellowish in color. The Grey Wolf is one of the world’s most well researched animals, with probably more books written about it than any other wildlife species.

Bears can be found in the Northern two thirds of Sweden. Which means from Dalarna/Gävleborg and all the way up to the North.

Researchers have shown that Central Sweden with Dalarna, Gävleborg and Jämtland are the most densely populated areas with Bears in Sweden. Perhaps even in Europe! Bears are shy, peaceful and very difficult to see in the wild so there is no need to worry.

Every spring a pair of golden eagles nests, pairs, and regularly feeds within sight of Lassi Rautiainen’s golden eagle hide close to Oulanka National park in Kuusamo. You may also see wolverines, Siberian jays, Siberian tits, black woodpeckers, and other winter birds there.

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A traditional burial ground should be a No Go for Pokemon Go — so says a Lheidli T'enneh woman who wants to shut down a poke stop in an Indigenous graveyard in Prince George, B.C.

Kym Gouchie was visiting her father's grave Sunday, when she encountered dozens of Pokemon players traipsing through her First Nation's burial ground.

"It's sacred there,"said Gouchie. "This land was once my ancestral land. This is the only little piece of land inside Prince George that is ours, and you are disrespecting it." "My dad, my uncles, my cousin, my great grandmother are all buried there," she said.

The traditional graveyard is located in a popular riverside park, where the Lheidli T'enneh once lived, before their village was burned to the ground in 1913 and their community forcibly relocated to reserve land.

The traditional Lheidli burial ground is now open to the public, but it's gated and enclosed by hedges within the Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park.

But this weekend, said Gouchie, she confronted a young man in the graveyard who pointed at the outdoor altar and Indigenous clan carvings and he told her it was a Pokestop.


"To have a Pokestop there and to have people searching around in the burial grounds is absolutely absurd in my mind and very disrespectful," said Gouchie.

"This has to stop," said Gouchie. "This game has only been live in Canada for one week. It's only a matter of time before that burial site is filled with Pokemon Go people."

"It should not happen. It should not be on their map," she said. "They didn't consult us. They didn't ask permission," said Gouchie.
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Prince George Pokemon Go players gather at the entrance to the Lheidli T'enneh burial ground, a designated Pokestop. (Facebook/Kym Gouchie)

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Freund, a former German paratrooper, established a wolf sanctuary in 1972 and raised more than 70 animals over the last 40 years.

Werner had to behave as the wolf alpha male of the pack to earn the other wolves respect and to be accepted. At feeding time, he had to ensure he fed first and would not allow any of the hungry wolves to come near.

The EU regularly asked for his advice on wolf management in those countries where they are making a comeback.

Werner said he was battling the myth of the “dangerous wolf.”

The sanctuary was home to six packs from European, Siberian, Canadian, Artic and Mongolian regions.

He was born in Germany in 1933. He said he got his love of animals from his mother. He once said: “Wild wolves are rarely aggressive towards people. If there are attacks, they get big play in the press precisely because they are so rare.”



















Pretty Nose (c. 1851 – after 1952) was an Arapaho woman, and according to her grandson, was a war chief who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

In some sources, Pretty Nose is called Cheyenne, although she was identified as Arapaho on the basis of her red, black and white beaded cuffs. The two tribes were allies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn and are still officially grouped together as the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

According to a 1878 Laton Alton Huffman photograph which shows the two girls together, Pretty Nose had a sister named Spotted Fawn who was 13 in 1878 making Spotted Fawn about 14 years younger than Pretty Nose.

Pretty Nose's grandson, Mark Soldier Wolf, became an Arapaho tribal elder who served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. She witnessed his return to the Wind River Indian Reservation in 1952, at the age of 101.

During the nineteenth century Indian women, and particularly Indian women leaders, were invisible to the American government. Some Indians have gone so far as to say that the Americans were so afraid of Indian women that they would not allow them to sit or speak in treaty councils with the United States government. Even today, Indian women are conspicuous by their absence in American history.


Portrait of Pretty Nose wearing cloth dress with woven cloth belt and buffalo robe. Also wearing earrings, bracelet, rings, and necklace - Date (Unknown or Estimated) [1878]

Sisters: Spotted Fawn and Pretty Nose holding hands.

The temperature outside are getting unbearable. Watching this bear frolic in a family's backyard is likely to bring back fond moments from your childhood.

Bears are many people’s favorite animal, and it’s easy to see why. Despite their massive size, sharp claws and teeth, and history of dangerous encounters with humans, they’re really just big ol’ softies on the inside.

And if you need proof, just watch what happens when this bear at the Triple D Ranch in Kalispell, Montana does when he sees that the sprinklers are on. You’ll never look at these amazing animals the same way again!

Grizzly bears once roamed over most of North America west of the Mississippi. Within the last century grizzlies were reduced to a few remnant populations scattered through the Northern Rockies and Cascades. Two of the six remaining areas are in northwest Montana.


The largest area straddles the continental divide from Canada south to near Missoula. Another area is near Libby in the Cabinet/Yaak. Scientists estimate 500-600 grizzlies currently live in northwest Montana. In 1975 grizzlies were listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

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