A trap set for a brown bear in the Zlín region in Moravia has so far only
caught other animals, the news website Lidovky.cz reported. The bear has
been roaming around an area of the Beskydy Mountains since September. It
has killed a number of sheep, with the latest reported on Tuesday, and has
Rangers set a cage trap with honey for the animal but it has only caught a cat and some birds to date. They have also established a photo trap in a bid to monitor the bear’s movements.
The wildcat is a small carnivorous species that once inhabited the Czech Republic’s forests, before it was hunted down at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, images of the wildcat recently captured by camera traps in some parts of the Czech Republic suggest that the rare feline may once again be settling in the country.
Rangers have set up photo traps to try to locate a brown bear that has been
attacking sheep and destroying beehives in mountain villages in the Zlín
A manual trap with honey set up some time ago has proved ineffective. There are now plans to try to try to sedate the animal with the use of a tranquilizer gun and transport it to a temporary residence at a local zoo.
A zoo in Belgium has already expressed interest in taking the bear.
Efforts continue to try to capture a brown bear that has been killing sheep
and destroying beehives in the Zlin region in Moravia.
The animal which is reported to have killed more than two dozen sheep in the past few weeks makes regular forages into mountain farms and villages in search of food.
Rangers have set a trap for the animal but experts say it may take days or weeks to capture it. It should then be placed in one of the country’s zoos.
A bear known to have been in the Zlín region in Moravia since September
killed two sheep in the Kroměříž area on Friday night, a representative
of the Olomouc branch of Friends of the Earth told the Czech News Agency.
The animal also destroyed a beehive near Kroměříž in recent days.
Rangers have placed a trap for the bear that includes a bag of apples covered in honey. Though the location has not been revealed, there are signs warning people of the trap.
For several weeks now, a brown bear has been roaming the mountain region of Valašsko located in the easternmost part of Moravia, near the Slovak border, approaching villages and attacking sheep at remote farms. Environmentalists are now trying to trace the animal and chase it away from people’s dwellings.
The Vraní hory mountain region in north-east Bohemia is the second place in the Czech Republic to which wolves have returned and started reproducing in the wild after a break of 200 years. A wolf with a cub was recently caught on camera. They are believed to have come from the vicinity of the Czech-Polish border region where a pack of wolves first settled and has been breeding since 2015.
A farmer in the Krkonoše Mountains found a young wolf in his sheep
enclosure, according to the ctk news agency.
The animal appeared frightened and although there was a flock of sheep in the enclosure none of them were harmed.
It is thought that the young wolf was a lost member of a pack that is somewhere in the vicinity. The animal was released back into the wild.
According to the head of the Krkonoše National Park Jakub Kašpar such an incident is exceptional.
A lone wolf was captured on camera in the National Park of the Krkonoše
mountains, environmentalists report. They say this is further proof of the
fact that wolves may be returning to the area after 150 years.
The head of the park Jiří Flousek says that so far there appears to be evidence of migrating individuals, who are crossing the border from Poland. Wolves disappeared from Czech territory in the mid-19th century.
Has the brown bear really returned to the Krkonoše? Following a recent sighting in the mountain range’s national park, scientists are now searching for evidence that would confirm the presence of the large carnivorous species, which last freely roamed the area on the Czech-Polish border more than 200 years ago.