In the summer, Polish and Slovak naturalists counted 950 antelopes in the Tatra Mountains, and these animals are protected. On Wednesday, representatives of the two national parks summarized the regular antelope counting operations conducted twice a year.
According to statistics, naturalists counted 39 antelopes at the same time last year, but, as they pointed out, this fluctuation may be caused by negligence, so there is no need to worry. This number will be verified in the fall campaign.
Antelope counting is performed simultaneously on both sides of the border between the sister national parks of the Tatra Mountains-the Polish Tatra National Park and the Slovak TANAP. In Poland, 359 antelopes were found, of which 42 were young, and in Slovakia, there were 591, of which 63 were descendants of this year.
Józef Hybler, a zoologist at TANAP, Slovakia, said that the extremely warm temperatures during the counting process make antelopes happy to hide in shady places where it is difficult to find them. Due to the strong sunlight, chamois also went to the northern Polish side of the Tatra Mountains in search of a cool place. Therefore, there are more antelopes living in our mountainous areas than usual.
Hybler commented on the TANAP website: “We think that antelope skins are actually 30% more than what we saw in the counting operation.” He added that there were 1,431 antelopes in the fall operation last year.
Antelope counting in the Tatras is based on the fact that the entire area is divided into observation areas, and teams equipped with binoculars and special observation cards can enter the observation area. These cards record the number of specimens, the time and place of observation, the direction of animal movement, and other information, such as the sex or age of the specimen. Later, at the Polish-Slovak joint forum, naturalists estimated the number of antelopes found.
Since 1957, a joint antelope counting operation has been carried out. This is the oldest natural monitoring conducted simultaneously by the two countries.
PAP-Polish Science, Szymon Bafia
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