A chance for the restoration of wisents to Northern Caucasus?
Keywords:Caucasus, North Ossetia, wisent, restitution
The paper is based on the results of the survey, aimed at the evaluation of suitability of two protected areas of North Ossetia: Zakaznik Cejskij and Zakaznik Turmonskij, for the restoration of wisent population within the region. At the moment, in Zakaznik Cejskij dwells a herd of about 50 wisents, established there in 1964, but since 1990s not showing a tendency for an increase. At the area of Zakaznik Turmonskij wisents are not present but their introduction there is under consideration. According to the results of the survey, both areas provide adequate habitat conditions for the maintenance of a wisent population. Some problems may result from a possible contact with domestic livestock, presence of large predators (brown
bears and wolves) and poaching. The survey allowed for the formulation of recommendations for potential development of wisent population in both areas. The survey was performed under framework of European Bison Friends Society.
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Copyright (c) 2012 Daniel Klich, Kajetan Perzanowski
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