NEWS ARCHIVE: February 2002

February 23, 2002 "Sovetskaya Belorussiya" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #57 Not hunting

The office of our newspaper received a call from the collective farm «Ozery», Grodno region. We were told anxiously that poachers shot a she-bison.

18 bison were brought there from Belovezhskaya Pushcha 5 years ago. The bison (first kept in spacious enclosures) have been looked after by the collective farm's hunting ground. When the grand animals got used to their new place, they were released into local forests, but still were fed by the collective farm huntsmen. Last year, for example, the huntsmen fed to the animals 55 tons of corn silage. The feed of the animals includes hey, apples and cabbage. The number of the bison has doubled over less than 5 years. There have been no bison poaching there so far. So what was it?

Chief area veterinary, Petr Chigir, explained that «the animal died of an illness about a month ago, but has been found only now. There are no signs that it was poached. Veterinaries took samples for laboratory tests to show that it was not a case of rabies or malignant anthrax.»

Vladimir Salasyuk
February 28, 2002 "Birzha Informatzii" (The Information exchange) Newspaper, #211 "Pushcha without Borders"

A forum of public organizations which work in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is going to be held by the public association «Centre «Third Sector» in Grodno in April of this year.

The forum is timed to a meeting which will be held in Grodno on April 9 as part of the international project «Pushcha without Borders». This project is carried out by the public organization «Belarus Birds Protection» (Belarus) and the North Podlasian Society for Bird Protection (Poland). It is financed by the DANCEE and is coordinated by the UN Development Program. The project aims at boosting activity of the public organizations on both sides of the border to allow for steady development of the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Participants of the meeting will be able to get detailed information on the project and fill in a questionnaire the results of which will then be published in the «Reference Book of Public Organizations Working in the Area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha». If you want to take part in the meeting, please, get in touch with project coordinator Viktor Fenchuk (fenchuk@tut.by).
February 28, 2002 «Zvyazda» (The Star) newspaper #39 Hurricane hits Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Before the issue was sent into print, leading hunter of the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» Aleksander Kisleyka had called to the office of our newspaper to say that a hurricane hit through Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the afternoon, leaving behind an opening in the forest about 300 metres in width and several kilomitres long. The thunder during the hurricane was booming like an air squadron. Aleksander Kisleyka could not remember any other such violent hurricanes on his duty.

Nadezhda NIKOLAEVA