The plan of action for optimization of supplemental feeding and the management of population of the European bison (Bison bonasus) “Osipovichskaya”

Authors

  • Piotr Kozlo The State Research-Production Association “The Scientifically-Practical Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for bio-resources”, Minsk, Belarus
  • Vasili Shakun The State Research-Production Association “The Scientifically-Practical Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for bio-resources”, Minsk, Belarus
  • Grigorij Yanuta The State Research-Production Association “The Scientifically-Practical Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for bio-resources”, Minsk, Belarus
  • Pavel Velihurau The State Research-Production Association “The Scientifically-Practical Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for bio-resources”, Minsk, Belarus

Keywords:

Bison bonasus, “Osipovichskaya” population, food resources, artificial feeding

Abstract

The present state of the population of the European bison (Bison bonasus) “Osipovichskaya” (regarded as the reserve of gene pool for this species), natural food supply and the level of supplemental feeding are reviewed. Demonstrated are methods used for the improvement of food supply available for the bison. Numbers of “Osipovichskaya” population of European bison
increased from 15 to 186 individuals (by 12.4 times) and exceeded the level considered as optimal (120–130 individuals). Reported are main parameters of “Osipovichskaya” population and indicated are reasons of its fast growth. Explained is the necessity and methods for the extension of the area of feeding plots that provide a significant of spring, summer and autum
diet of European bison there. 

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Published

2012-09-01

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Kozlo, P., Shakun, V., Yanuta, G., & Velihurau, P. (2012). The plan of action for optimization of supplemental feeding and the management of population of the European bison (Bison bonasus) “Osipovichskaya”. European Bison Conservation Newsletter, 5, 87–94. Retrieved from https://ojs.wisent.org/index.php/czasopismo/article/view/119

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