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2015.09.08 13:45

Wisent enclosure in the Dzūkija National Park

Algirdas Acus2015.09.08 13:45

Once extinct wisents reintroduced in Lithuania now are causing a lot of damages to farmers. So the authorities decided to isolate part of these animals population in a special enclosure.

Once extinct wisents reintroduced in Lithuania now are causing a lot of damages to farmers. So the authorities decided to isolate part of these animals population in a special enclosure.

Once hunted down to extinction, wisents have been reintroduced from captivity into several European countries, including Lithuania.

However, free-ranging herds are causing heavy damages to the fields of Lithuanian farmers, amounting to estimated 140 million Euros yearly.

Lithuanian authorities decided to isolate part of the country’s 100-wisent population.

One fifth of the wisent population will be moved to a special enclosure in the National Park of Dzūkija, near Marcinkonys in southern Lithuania.

The area of the enclosure covers 100 hectares and will be specially designed for wisents.

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EIMUTIS GUDELEVIČIUS, Director of the National Park of Dzūkija:
This is a natural environment, there are no farmers, and therefore wisents can only cause minimal damage. (Cutaway) According to the plan, 40 percent of the territory will be grasslands and 60 percent – forests.

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ALGIMANTAS SALAMAKINAS, Chairman of the Parliamentary Environment Conservation Committee:
The situation when 100 wisents wonder and do damage is bad to wisents themselves. Farmers try to scare them off by tractors, and this causes a lot of stress to the animals.

Shots of special enclosure for wisents