I am surely not your average big-city tree-hugger. For once, I'm ex career military, I eat meat (and like it!), I like to take overly long showers and when I was still smoking, I left more than one cigarette butt in the woods. But I also spent a reasonably big part of my life in small places, including places with large-carnivore populations - thanks, among other things, to my mother working for German Development Service.
Since earliest childhood, I'm fascinated by wolves and I have read pretty much every fact book and watched every documentary there is about these great and highly social predators. In my teens, I had my first personal encounters with a pack living in captivity in Switzerland. Later, visits to sanctuaries and parks, among others in the USA, followed where I met more wolves in captivity but also encountered wild wolves up close. My studies and experiences with wolves also helped me a lot when I worked as a trainer for protection- and narcotics dogs and later helped people with so-called "problem dogs" in my spare time.
Since 2007, I live in Finland and also here, I already had a few encounters with wolves in the wild - needless to say that neither I nor my dogs were attacked or even threatened during those encounters.
When it comes to classic nature conservation societies, my views are rather dim. In my opinion, those organizations are too busy administrating themselves and their members too busy with internal politics and with writing angry discussions in internet forums and on facebook. While sitting on sometimes significant budgets, the classic organizations just don't get anything done.
While not being excessively combative, I'm still more of a "direct action" than a "let's discuss about everything and just be angry" type of guy. With this being the main reason for me founding the Susilauma online magazine, another point which is important to me is to try to break the hardened fronts between the sides in the Finnish "wolf wars" and substitute confrontation with education and information.
Despite being ex career military, I do prefer to use my mind in a conflict rather than the sword - still being equally proficient with the latter, should the need arise.