Wolf GPS collar experiment in Belarus

Wolf GPS collar experiment in Belarus

An experiment with GPS collars continues in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

There is a second season of observations. Special devices make it possible to determine precisely the movements of predators. The curators of the project put the collars on four wolves first. Then one more wolf was added. The data is updated every day. Scientists have already been able to get a lot of valuable information.

Wolf Mikhas, perhaps, is the hero of this winter. The predator with a collar has run almost 400 kilometers in just a few weeks. An unprecedented case. The wolf from Belovezhskaya Pushcha went to Ukraine, then to Poland. It is called Traveler for that. The wolf opened the most ecological way from one protected area to another.

Victor Fenchuk, Program Coordinator:
This is new data that we received in 2018.We did not have such data before. This wolf is an innovator, because it shows how the specially protected natural areas are related to each other, the condition of these ecological corridors and what should be done to ensure that these corridors continue to function.

The main intrigue now is where the wolf will go in the near future. The second season of observations of the Pushcha's wolves has just started. They are followed by special GPS collars, from which the signal will be sent every few hours for 9 months. All the movements of the four participants are nothing but reality shows, only with the benefit.

Victor Fenchuk:
This season we use new settings in collars that allow us to more closely study the habitat of a particular family and obtain data on the nutrition of these wolves. Over the past month and a half, we have received a lot of new information about the nutrition of each of the collared wolves.

For example, one of the new participants of the project often visits the swamp and unexpectedly opened the elk hunt.

Piotr Butrim, CTV Channel:
In addition to special GPS collars, all wolves are tracked by such photo-traps. Only with the help of photo-traps can we learn the size of the pack, its membership or even predator's prey.

As, for example, in this case. But instead of a photo-trap, there is a surveillance camera for border guards. The moratorium on the shooting of wolves is preserved in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Hence, it makes no sense to go to another forest.

Alexey Bunevich, Senior Researcher of National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha:

From the experience of many years it is very difficult to completely eliminate the wolves. But high stress can affect the population, and the population may be weakened. There will be many lone wolves. Then wild dogs will come.

In the meantime, the wolves work in conjunction with the scientists and therefore work for their image. We can monitor their movements and discoveries in a special blog (currently available only in Belarusian). By the way, there will be two more new members soon.

 в «Беловежской пуще» продолжают эксперимент с GPS-ошейниками