Belarusian bison relocation

Belarusian bison relocation

Belarus will continue bison relocation.

As many as two bison pairs migrated from the south to the north of Belarus in 2017 (Belarusian bison are purchased also in Russia for Smolensk Lakeland and for Kazakhstan steppes). These measures ensure species conservation and population growth, according to experts.

Bison’s preparation for relocation starts in typical enclosures for temporary keeping.

It is here where they adjust to captivity, feeders, as well as attention of numerous tourists. However, this is already the second stage. It is necessary to capture the forest giant first.

Aleksey Kozyrko, head of the bison department of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha:
All the forage grounds  inhabited by bison herds have live traps laid.

As many as two mates, a male and a female, have been trapped.

The bison are under observation while in captivity. Their behavior is studied and blood is tested to get veterinary documents proving that they are healthy and can be relocated.

By the way, only the young, those under three, can be relocated.

Petr Butrim, reporter:
Bison for relocation should be taken from different herds to prevent inbreeding.

Following this important rule will ensure strong and healthy progeny.

As many as 12 forest giants were relocated from the Pushcha to Vitebsk Region in 2015, while 20 more went to faraway Kazakhstan.

Sergey Korotya, junior researcher of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha:
Bison need specially suitable conditions, such as urbanized areas, forests structure, forage areas. As regards bison they like birch and alder, as well as feed on ash, hornbeam and oak.

Bison migration helps to preserve this species. However, bison are kept in captivity from three to four weeks before relocation to set off then.

Aleksey Kozyrko:
A trap is laid, with a mixture of feed and corn.

A bison gets inside, hits the bait and as a result it is trapped.

Certainly, the bison is the main symbol of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, although Belarus has some 20 regions where one can see the forest giant.

The bison population of Belarus makes up at least 500 animals, according to the latest data.

A change of the habitat helps increase the number of bison significantly in the course of time.