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Lithuania hosts international seminar on European bison protection

2016-09-19

At an international seminar organised by the Ministry of Environment, naturalists from Lithuania, Belarus and Russia have exchanged their experience on ways to conserve the European bison population.

Last week they held two-day discussions on the possibilities of breeding these animals, the damage caused by them to agriculture and stands, the attitude of the local population towards bisons and ways and measures for transferring free-living animals to places more suitable for them to live in. The discussions touched on the features of infrastructure designed for the management of the European bison population, the importance of their telemetric monitoring and other issues of concern for specialists.

The participants of the seminar visited the Pašiliai bison paddock of the Panevėžys forest enterprise and the new bison paddock “The Zoo” at the Ubiškė forestry district of the Telšiai forest enterprise to be officially opened tomorrow. They also saw a place at the Dzūkija National Park where one more bison paddock would be built in the near future for relocating the animals, preparing them for adapting to life in freedom and releasing them into territories that were environmentally more suitable for them.

During these events the participants of the seminar were familiarised with the history of holding bisons in captivity in Lithuania, and the current status, protection and management measures and prospects of their population. It was agreed to continue this cooperation into the future by sharing experience in the conservation of the European bison.

Communication Division
19/09/2016

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas