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State Nature Protection Institution "Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve"

In winter, life in the forest goes on as usual...

News from the hunting and ranger service of the State Nature Protection Institution "Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve"

Life in the snowy forest calms down a little, but does not stop at all.


And sometimes it’s even the other way around: with the onset of winter cold, the activity of some wild animals increases, so you can see what is not noticeable in the summer, and even capture it as a memory.


However, at the same time, winter is a very difficult period for animals and birds. The hardest thing in a frosty and snowy winter, especially for ungulates, is to get food for themselves. In search of food, they have to travel many kilometers through deep snow.


Even long-legged moose find it difficult to move on loose snow, not only miniature roe deer! And after night frosts and daytime thaws, icy crust can injure the animals’ legs.



Of course, wild animals try to feed themselves in natural conditions, but it’s pretty hard to get food from under a large layer of snow. And the primary duty of the hunting and ranger service is to help the wild inhabitants of forests during this harsh time of year.


In winter, on the territory of the Barsuki and Berezino hunting farms, juicy and concentrated feed is regularly laid out. There is also constant security and patrolling of the lands to identify cases of poaching and monitor the condition of animals.


Photos and text by Andrey Kuzmin