A photo trap caught a brown bear in the Chernobyl reserve

A photo trap caught a brown bear in the Chernobyl reserve

The presence of a brown bear was recorded in the Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve.

In early November, employees of the scientific department checked photo-monitoring networks of large mammals and found a photo of the animal, the reserve reports.

They note that this species was already recorded on the territory of the reserve in 2020 and 2022.

“The received information indicates that, despite the troubles of wartime, Europe’s largest predator has not left the Chernobyl reserve, but feels at home here,” – say the employees of the reserve.

A brown bear from the Chernobyl reserve. Photo: Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve

Sightings of bear tracks that conservation science officers have regularly recorded while patrolling the area in recent months have now been backed up with clear photographic evidence.

According to experts, the photos indicate that an adult male lives in the Chernobyl reserve.

A year and a half ago, the reserve began to resume its activities after the occupation.

“We rebuilt the infrastructure of protection and research, taking into account the conditions of today. And such evidence from photo traps is a direct confirmation that the Reserve is working to preserve natural complexes and rare, especially valuable species for us.” – claim CHREBZ.

Iryna Batiuk, “UP. Life”

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