Moose and elk, and suffering from lack of food, save in Buryatia

Employees Baikal Reserve organized a rescue operation hoofed animals, which after deposition of abnormal amounts of snow can not feed themselves, told RIA Novosti Baikal State Biosphere Reserve.

Reserve staff noticed that with the onset of winter, ungulates — deer and elk — from the security zone of the reserve go to the federal highway. Research workers have analyzed the situation and came to the conclusion that the cause of forcing the animals come closer to the people and put their lives at risk, is a snowy winter.

"In December, the district fell Tankhoi abnormal amount of snow, snow depth is 120 inches, this despite the fact that the critical depth for elk is 100 centimeters, and for deer — only 50 centimeters. Dense enough snow, so when walking artiodactyls fail, they more difficult to find food for them is — a threat to life, "- he said.

He said that in this regard, wapiti and moose needs a winter feeding.

Reserve staff has prepared a plan to rescue the animals.

"A number of biotech activities aimed at feeding artiodactyls. Example, such as feeding hay or twig food. As the main food in winter artiodactyls are the branches of various trees and shrubs, then apply a winter fertilizer brooms shoots various deciduous trees and shrubs" — said the representative of the reserve.

Baikal Nature Reserve is located in the three administrative regions of Buryatia: Dzhida, Selenga and Kabansky. It was established in September 1969, the total area of the protected area of over 167.8 thousand hectares. Reserve and its buffer zone are included in the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of Lake Baikal. In the reserve there are deer, wapiti. Their total number is about 150 individuals.

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