Meshchera National Park calls provocateurs those complaining about wild bison invasion

In the Vladimir region, a clash erupts between villagers fearing the wild bison neighborhood and the Meshchera National Park, which deals with the restoration and reproduction of the European bison population.

Meshchera National Park responded to Trufanovo villagers in the Gus-Khrustalny area who complained about the wild bison neighborhood. Residents of the area filmed how a bison grazes on the outskirts of the village and marks the area. The villagers complain that the wild animals behave aggressively and attack the cars.

Recall that captive bison were released into the land of the Urshelsky Forest in Meshchera National Park for free grazing in the summer of 2021 due to drought. A male Meres, three females and two calves were released from the enclosure in the village of Savinskaya in the meadows of the floodplain. The locals were advised not to go to the forest to pick mushrooms and berries.

When the animals started appearing on the outskirts of the villages in late autumn, the locals, worried about the dangerous neighborhood, rang the alarm bell. Following media reports, Meshchera National Park (whose representatives could not be reached by Zebra TV at the time of the previous publication about the bison) issued a statement with the strong title:

Meshchera National Park says residents have been repeatedly warned about how to deal with wildlife and people calling for action against bison roaming the outskirts of the village are called “provocateurs”.

The national park emphasizes that such behavior of wild bison in the fall is the rule and if you do not show aggression, the animal will simply leave. But you can not approach a bison by car, because the animal reacts aggressively.

In the Meshchera, they remind that the bison is a Red Book animal, the restoration of whose population works at the federal level and the people in the forest should behave as “good guests and grateful”.

However, there is good news in the national park statement – additional feeding grounds are being prepared in Meshchera to remove bison from the villages. This method has been used successfully for wild ungulates to reduce the number of human encounters.


Once again, we must state that the measures taken by rangers to rescue endangered species do not always find understanding among the people who must live in the same area as these animals. More than once, Meshchera National Park has posted material on all available and popular Internet platforms, including social networks, giving information on the radio and in the media about wildlife behavior, but so far this job was not successful.

Recently, there was a wave of panic messages on the social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassiniki about the bison that “terrorizes” the locals, which were received by all the major media in the area. Dozens of videos and photos with “evidence” of how a wild animal walks in a settlement, reports of car attacks and cultivated potatoes. And resounding statements – “Take action!”.

And here at this point the question immediately arises – what does the word “measures” mean? What measures should the national park take to make residents feel safe? To answer this question, we must take a closer look at the situation – is the bison really that dangerous and are the “victims” so innocent?

For thousands of years, man has considered himself much more developed than any animal, especially a wild one. Animals are driven by instinct and man by reason. He even named his own species “Homo Sapiens” – “reasonable man”, being sure that other sapiens do not exist in nature. Reason also implies meaning in actions and awareness of the consequences of these actions. In this case, where is the mind of those who throw empty bottles of beer at a wild animal that grazes calmly or shouts it over the fence (the bison is common in humans and is not afraid of them) with a gesture that implies that something tasty is in the his hand, therefore, the first to show aggression? What reaction can we expect? Thanks? From an animal that is tens of times bigger and just as strong?

In anticipation of the outrage, I will say that videos of such actions by those seeking “measures” are also available in large numbers on the Internet. Although it would be more appropriate to call these people provocateurs, who deliberately tease a wild animal and infuriate it. For what reason? Probably for the same reason that a monkey bites a lion …

So we remind the locals once again that wildlife in nature is the norm and the fact that from time to time, especially in late autumn, they approach human habitation is also the norm. The bison is a herbivore, simply looking for potatoes that have been left after harvest on arable land, without breaking fences and without entering neighboring areas of the house. He will not attack a person for no reason. You do not need to shout, gesture aggressively and throw objects at him. Many other representatives of the wildlife behave in the same way: bears, wild boars, elk, foxes and even tigers.

In addition, unlike the same wild boar, the bison is an animal from the world red book, which is protected and bred by thousands of people around the world, so its resettlement in Central Russia is a natural process, which is under the control of the state. Therefore, the only “measures” we can take are to inform and explain to the locals how they should behave.

When you meet a bison, try to move as discreetly as possible to a safe distance, especially if you meet a female with a calf on your way. If a bison snores, shakes its head, it means that it shows aggression and for the sake of its own safety you do not need to respond in the same way. You can not approach the bison in cars and motorcycles, in sight they are the most aggressive. And most importantly, do not forget that the forest is a home for wildlife and people in it should behave like kind and grateful visitors.

Finally, the national park is an institution that protects the entire bio-complex and the animals that live in its territory are not its property. Therefore, we strongly recommend that locals, when encountering wildlife, take a photo or video and send this material to the national park (the email addresses are on the official website), instead of provoking others. people in a negative attitude towards these animals. This will help park experts monitor wildlife and help write the Meshchera Biodiversity Book.

And we advise media representatives to check the information with the official representatives of the national park, whose addresses and telephone numbers are also on our website.

Currently, the staff of the national park is taking measures to ensure the safety of the residents of the area. Additional feeding areas have been prepared to assist in the transport of bison to places far from settlements.

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