The newest telemetry data show that Lucky Chap is continuing his journey towards south-east. Currently he is staying between Bydgoszcz and Inowroclaw. The wolf has been moving so far mainly between forest areas to the north from Zlotow and Pila. Later, he rapidly turned towards south to Bydgoszcz Forest crossing Bydgoszcz canal twice. When observing transmitted signals, we hoped that he would go towards Bydgoszcz Forest because of presence of wolves on those areas. Suprisingly, he turned back near Nowa Wielka Wies. Data show that the wolf wandered near forest area near labiszyn crossing Notec river. It is hard to say why he did so. The areas he crossed near Bydgoszcz were rather unfavourable by exposing the animal too much to people. In Bydgoszcz Forest itself there had been encountered at least one pack of wolves – Lucky Chap could enter a territory of one of them and this might bring a retreat. We are waiting for next data.. :)

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Lucky Chap is a wolf that we released from a snare. We gave to him this charming name and installed telemetry collar in order to monitor his further movements. Lucky Chap has started sending data to us since the beginning, so we now know that he quickly got back to his pack and stayed in previous home range area within Drawsko Forest Inspectorate. At the beginning of April the wolf surprised us, because he left his pack and set off for individual trip. The loner is probably looking for a new territory and alpha female that he could make a new pack with. Last data show that Lucky Chap is moving towards East. We appeal for looking out for a wolf with a collar and sending information about him to us. We also hope that the wolf would not fall victim to human actions again. From our side we promise to keep informing You about his movements and meanwhile we have made a new map depicting his journey through data from his telemetry collar available :)

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Bison spring

12 April 2015

The earth has greened again. The sun awakens flora and fauna to life with its touch. After long winter months bisons impaqtiently awaiting for first ray of the spring sun. For them this is basically a time for intense feeding up after the winter. Herds are going away from feeders and wandering around looking for fresh grasses. Last year’s calves are going through compensation of growth now. The abundance of high protein sources of food makes calves grow fast and get similar to mature individuals. Spring is also the time of losing winter undercoat. Sheding hair happens gradually. It starts near neck and spreads all over their body. Bulls in this time stays away herds intensely gaining weight by devouring vast amounts of grass. Younger bulls stay in small bachelor groups while older ones prefer to live singly. They would get back to the main herd aroud late summer when there starts mating season. April and may is the time of first deliveries, so we can start looking out for toddlers hiding between legs of their protective mothers.

Easter!

4 April 2015

 

Have a Healthy, Happy Easter

Spring Mood, Cheerfeulness

We Wish to You

 All What is Good With Bison Mood

Western Pomeranian Nature Society

 

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We joyfully announce that building of the footbridge and observation tower in the “Securing the population of European bison in the north and western Poland from tourist pressure” is coming to an end and soon its final effect will be available for You to see. You are welcome!

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Such stories are daily bread to us and again we managed to be in the righ tplace in the right time. The second time we saved wolf caught in a snare. The information about the wolf we received on sunday morning from hunters associated in Lynx Dobiegniew Hunting Club. The hunters during searching hunting area encountered the trapped wolf near Chrapow spot. After the arriving at the place it turned out that that was big, about 8 years old, experienced wolf, probably the alpha male, that is a leader of a pack. The wolf was caught in steel loop tightened around its pelvis and slightly immersed in skin.  The animal was very weakened and that meant that it had been there for about four days. Luckily, the wolf did not have bleeding wounds, so we decided to intervene as little as possible and immediately relase him. We installed telemetery collar on him to monitor his trails. On the area of this incident there is a weak GSM signal, so we may wait for first telemetry data received for a week or two. Anyway, any data received would mean that the wolf is alive and this is the most important information to us now. We would like to send thousand thanks to hunters who passed the information about the wolf to us. Thanks to them we carried out successful operation and the wolf is probably alive. At their request the wolf has been given the name “Rysiu”, taken from the name of the hunting club. Therefore, keep our fingers crossed for the wolf called “Rysiu”. If you know about similar situations, please inform us. The fate of wild animals is in our hands. Let’s protect them from cruelty of poachers.

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The wolf after installing telemetry collar and releasing from a snare.

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