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  1. Jurek7

    Jurek7 Well-Known Member

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    45 wild European bison to be shot in Poland in 2020: 30 in Knyszynska and Borecka and 15 in Bieszczady.
    Puszcza Borecka, Puszcza Knyszyńska, Bieszczady - żubry wciąż śmiertelnie zagrożone. Czas na zmianę! - Greenpeace Polska
    The wild population in Poland is growing, so European bison which cannot be rehomed are often shot – about 40 per year.

    By the way, a message to professionals from zoos and wildlife parks lurking on this forum: did you consider adding European bison to your collection? The problem of culling could be solved if half of European holders of the non-threatened American bison changed to keeping the Wisent.

    I sometimes wonder why this European native, charismatic and easy to keep species is not receiving more interest on this forum?
     
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    It would be far better and just under EU Habitat protection to relocate elsewhere. Obviously, this underlines a rather negative attitude towards nature and wildlife conservation in Poland!
     
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    European Bison appear in the Słonne Mountains

    Since the release in Bieszczady mountains, Poland in 1976, the European Bison gradually increased and spread. High-traffic roads (nos. 893, 892, 889) and the San River seem to be important barriers to migration, as well as wide agricultural valleys. Until 2020, the population spread in the Bieszczady area of Poland and Slovakia, although animals several times entered the eastern Low Beskids. It was awaited with interest when and where the bison would cross the river San northwards and reach the Słonne Mountains.

    In mid-January 2020 the first information about the bison in these mountains was obtained from the hunters, and then confirmed by the local population and foresters. Bison used beets and corn provided by hunters for huntable animals.

    The foresters found evidence of a group of 4-5 individuals, including a bull which was photographed near the village of Hołuczków. This does not guarantee permanent colonization of Słonne mountains, but the first reconnaisance has already taken place.

    Żubrze! Witaj w Górach Słonnych ! - Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Żubrów
     
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    Bison Emergency Service

    The West Pomeranian Nature Society has been working with European bison in West Poland for almost 15 years. Over time, the Bison Emergency Service was created as part of LIFE project and is continued in the new POIS project. Although bison do not call the emergency number (and that would be something!), in case of a car accident or a herd entering agricultural crops, people can call for help. There were also cases when dispersing bulls stopped in the fields. After the report, someone from the team always came to talk to the local people that such a bull will not stay there loger. This is an extremely important activity to make the bison not a "big hairy stranger", because what is unknown can cause fear.

    The usual intervention is scaring off the bison from agricultural crops. During the agricultural season, interventions take place as soon as possible. Thanks to the telemetry collars for bisons (in 90% of cases they are females), the Bison Emergency Service through the online 'Safety Information on Bisons' can react in advance before any agricultural damage occurs.

    O Pogotowiu kilka słów.....
    Bezpieczna Informacja o Żubrach
     
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    @Jurek7 thanks for keeping us informed about the current situation of european bisons!!:)
     
  6. Onychorhynchus coronatus

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    Really quite sad that these beautiful creatures are being culled rather than transported to other areas of Europe where they were historically present and reintroduced. But considering some of the challenges perhaps it is not at all suprising that there would be a reluctance towards doing this.

    I remember when I was in Northern Spain hearing first hand from someone about the attempt to bring them back to the Cantabrian / Asturian ending in them being deliberately maimed and killed for no reason whatsoever.
     
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