New animal specimen found in Belarus

New animal specimen found in Belarus

Photo: http://wilderness-society.org

Several hunters from the Kobrin district (Brest region) killed an animal in December 2017. However, they had some trouble with understanding what the animal was. It resembled a wolf and a fox at the same time.

Forester Vladimir Pristupchik decided to upload a photo of this animal on the internet and to his surprise, scientists got interested in it. As a result, it was decided to carry out a DNA test using an international data platform. The results showed that it is a grown-up male of a golden jackal. It is the 82nd animal specimen on the official list of mammals in Belarus.

Forester Vladimir Pristupchik explains, that it may be not the first case when the hunters see this kind of animal in Belarusian forests.

Vladimir Pristupchik, forester:
It is quite possible that Belarusian hunters see this animal specimen in forests not for the first time. Every time when they kill this animal, they then see that it is not a wolf and not even a fox. But according to the Belarusian law, they are allowed to hunt only on those animals, which are included in their hunting permission list.

Nevertheless, Belarusian National Academy scientists now have all the necessary materials to study this animal more thoroughly. It will be given a status and what is more, it will be determined whether it can be hunted or not. Then the Ministry of Nature will make a decision on including the golden jackal into the list of mammals seen in Belarus.

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