Picture: Press Service of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region.
Wildlife population issues in Barents region were discussed on 5th March 2020 in Arkhangelsk. Representatives of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Republics of Karelia and Komi, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, and the Murmansk and Vologda Regions took part in the international conference on Migration of wild predators near settlements in the Barents Euro-Arctic region.
The seminar held in the capital of Pomorye covered large scale of topics such as social meaning of hunting, trends in the volume of predator populations, public opinion on carnivores, and brown bear and wolf groups. In the Arkhangelsk region, predator populations remain stably high and their access to settlements in the Arkhangelsk region is becoming more frequent.
“The topic discussed today is relevant for us, since many wild predatory animals live in our region rich in forest resources,” said the First Deputy Governor, Chairman of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region Alexey Alsufiev, addressing the participants of the seminar.
Over the past five years, the exodus of predators into the settlements of the region has become two to three times more frequent, which is a serious problem for the security of the population of the Arkhangelsk region. This is due primarily to a decrease in the natural habitats of animals due to the reduction in the forest fund of the region, as well as to a decrease in the food supply of predators.
The main reason for the depletion of food resources for predators in the Arkhangelsk region is climate change, including its turnouts, warm winters and short summers. In addition, predators are attracted to pets as a source of food.
“It is important that the discussion of this topic aroused professional interest among representatives of other regions of the Barents Euro-Arctic cooperation. I am sure that during the seminar various points of view of experts, their conclusions and recommendations regarding the possibilities of solving the discussed problems will be presented. We will be glad to have the opportunity to study the positive experience of our colleagues and put it into practice in the Arkhangelsk region”, said Alexey Alsufiev.
The governor of the Västerbotten region, Magdalena Andersson, also confirmed the interest of the Scandinavian countries in this topic. “Predators do not recognize borders, and therefore it is interesting for our countries - Sweden, Russia, Norway, Finland - to exchange experiences on managing wildlife populations, to learn something new from each other, to see how we can regulate this issue in order to preserve the diversity of species of predators and at the same time protect humans,” she emphasized.
Source: Press Service of the Government of the Arkhangelsk Region. See the original article in Russian here.
Find the conference presentations here.