The European Green Belt is a stretch of wilderness running along the former Iron Curtain, which once divided the continent. It has evolved along the border for more than four decades and today is the longest and largest ecological network of its kind not only in Europe, but in the whole world. The European Green Belt is also an ecological initiative that joins 24 states, which were once divided by the impenetrable borderline.
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.
The national network of wild animal rescue stations in the Czech Republic
has treated over 22,500 animals in 2017, which in an increase by 1,686
percent since the station was established in 1998, Petr Stýblo of the
Czech Union of Nature Conservation announced at a press conference on
Over the 20 years of its existence, the network of rescue stations accepted over 213,000 animals. The most frequently treated animals were birds, namely kestrels, blackbirds and swifts. Hedgehogs and bats were the biggest group of mammals brought to the stations.
Forests in the Czech Republic are suffering. Frequent periods of prolonged draught have weakened trees, leaving them prone to harmful bark beetle infestation. Moreover, severe storms in recent months and years damaged large areas of woodland and foresters have had to cut down many more trees than the sawmills are able to process. As a result, the price of wood has now fallen to a half of what it was a year ago. Vít Pohanka met foresters and experts from several European countries at a seminar they held in Czechia.
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.
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