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Outcomes of examine on wolves in Naliboki Forest within the winter of 2022-2023 – Zoology by Vadim Sidorovich

Co-author Irina Rotenko

Through the winter of 2022-2023, we continued our examine on the wolf distribution in Naliboki Forest, the north-western Belarus.

Within the early winter we confronted with somewhat low variety of wolves in Naliboki Forest. Within the space of about 2 hundreds sq. kilometers there have been discovered solely two wolf packs of 6 and 5 inds in addition to two lone wolves and two wolf pairs. So, a complete in Naliboki Forest there have been 17 wolves or barely fewer than one wolf per 100 sq. kilometers of the forested terrain. The realm round Naliboki Forest up 20 km as extensive was lowly populated by wolves too; roughly on this surrounding of the forest there was one wolf per 300 sq. kilometers. So, if we take Naliboki Forest and its surrounding, the wolf inhabitants density in that enormous space was undoubtedly decrease than 0.5 inds per 100 sq. kilometers.

In November, December and January within the circumstances of absence of different wolf packs, these two packs of 6 and 5 inds ranged abnormally giant. The six wolf pack having 4 adults and two pups repeatedly coated an space of about 760 sq. kilometers; whereas the opposite pack of 5 wolves having one pup solely ranged in an space of 840 sq. kilometers. Earlier than, when the density of wolves in Naliboki Forest and its surrounding was markedly greater (0.9-2.3 inds per 100 sq. kilometers), normally residence vary of a wolf pack was enormously smaller and constituted from 246 to 360, on common 306 sq. kilometers (n=7).

For the reason that late January new wolves got here into Naliboki Forest, and within the mid-March there have been registered extra packs: 6 inds, 7 (as a substitute of two) inds, 6 (as a substitute 5) inds, 3 (all new) inds, 4(as a substitute lone ind); 3 (as a substitute 2) inds. Moreover, there have been registered three lone wolves.

Within the beneath, you see a number of movies of wolves that have been taken in Naliboki Forest over the past winter.

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