Wolves in Belarus

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A wolf apparantly at the Braslaw national park, Belarus (Credit: Sluczewski Wikipedia)

Wikipedia Belarus is home to an increasing population of 2,000-2,500 wolves. With the exception of specimens in nature reserves, wolves in Belarus are largely unprotected. They are designated a game species, and bounties ranging between €60 and €70 are paid to hunters for each wolf killed. This is a considerable sum in a country where the average monthly wage is €230. No compensation is paid for livestock losses.

Improving education about wolves in Belarus Wolves are present in the whole of Belarus. The total wolf population is currently estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000, with the largest numbers in the north and central areas of the country. Research has shown that wolves regularly cross the border into Poland, making Belarus an important source of wolves migrating to western Europe. Belarus also shares part of its wolf population with Russia to the north, and there is constant genetic interchange, keeping the population healthy and boosting numbers in years of high mortality.

Wolf in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone The number of wolves in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is believed to increase gradually, which is caused by the absence of humans, as the limiting factor, as well as a good food supply for this predator. Despite lack of records, it is believed that there may be up to 200 wolves in the Zone at present.

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