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Predator damages

  • Service
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

You can apply for compensation for crop, animal, property or reindeer damage caused by large predators (bear, wolverine, wolf, lynx). Report the damage caused by a large predator immediately to the Rural Livelihood Authority of the location where the damage occurred so that the Rural Livelihood Authority can confirm and assess the damage as quickly as possible.

The following detriments caused by large predators can be compensated for:

  • damage to arable land, garden, tree nursery and harvested crop
  • animal damage to domestic animals, farmed animal and honey crop, as well as to fences, buildings and similar structures used for animal keeping
  • damage to inanimate personal property
  • damage to reindeer in a reindeer management area

Do the following

The municipal Rural Livelihood Authority carries out a terrain inspection related to the damage in which they confirm and assess the damage and devise a certificate of valuation of the damage. In addition to the compensation applicant, a representative of a game management association may attend the terrain inspection, and in the event of damage to reindeer, a representative of a reindeer herding community.

Submit a written compensation application (Vipu or form 131 or 149) to the Rural Livelihood Authority of your municipality of residence. Submit the application within one month after the damage assessment has been completed. If no terrain inspection has been carried out in a case of damage to reindeer, submit an application for compensation within one month after reporting the damage.

To whom and on what terms

Report the damage caused by a large predator immediately to the Rural Livelihood Authority of the location where the damage occurred. You can submit a damage report either by Vipu, phone, email or form 131 or 149. The most important thing is that the Rural Livelihood Authority can confirm and assess the damage as soon as possible.

The Finnish Food Authority pays compensation to applicants from the appropriations granted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. If compensation cannot be paid in full, the amount of compensation will be reduced proportionally for each applicant.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

Responsible for the serviceFinnish Food Authority
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Finnish Food Authority
Updated: 11/2/2022