A tragedy occurred in the vicinity of the village of Masuszyn Wielki on the Belarusian side of the Białowieża Primeval Forest. The ice broke under the bison herd. 21 animals drowned.
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The Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment informed about the incident. According to Belsat, the bodies of 21 bison were found in the pond, through which the Miedzianka River flows, a tributary of the Narew.
According to the Ministry’s announcement, a herd of about 100 bison passed through the ice-bound reservoir. The ice broke under part of the herd, some of the animals did not manage to get ashore and drowned. Bison bodies were pulled out from under the ice by forest services. A bison calf, bitten by wolves, was also found in the area.
Belsat reminds that bison are a protected species in Belarus and one of the symbols of the state. At the beginning of 2020, there were 2,101 individuals of this species in the country – for comparison, there were 2,269 in Poland, 1,588 in Russia, and 564 in Germany. Thus, 77 percent of these four countries lived. world population.
In May last year, the authorities of the Belarusian National Park “Puszcza Białowieska” announced that there are 675 bison on its territory. They stated that the size of the herd has seriously exceeded the optimal level, “which allows the management of wild bison in the territory of the Republic of Belarus and abroad.” An unknown number of animals were then sold to Kostroma, Russia.
Bielsat, tvp.info portal
# Białowieża Forest