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Keeping an eye on the wolves

ON THE occasion of the European Day of National Parks, Slova- kia’s Tatra National Park (TANAP) and Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) announced a joint project to protect the Eurasian lynx and the Eurasian wolf and preserve biodiversity in the High Tatras. The migratory patterns of these two rare species will be monitored within the territory of the park through a system designed to determine the extent of their home territories along with their diurnal and nocturnal activities. The project also seeks to measure the size and reproduction rate of the populations of these species in Slovakia and evaluate any damage they cause to domestic animals.

Shooting of Marco Polo will take place in High Tatras too. Shooting of Marco Polo will take place in High Tatras too. (Source: TASR)

ON THE occasion of the European Day of National Parks, Slova- kia’s Tatra National Park (TANAP) and Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) announced a joint project to protect the Eurasian lynx and the Eurasian wolf and preserve biodiversity in the High Tatras. The migratory patterns of these two rare species will be monitored within the territory of the park through a system designed to determine the extent of their home territories along with their diurnal and nocturnal activities. The project also seeks to measure the size and reproduction rate of the populations of these species in Slovakia and evaluate any damage they cause to domestic animals.

“The goal of the research is to get necessary data about these species that will contribute to improvement in their protection and their preservation as wildlife,” SE’s spokesperson, Jana Burdová, told the SITA newswire.

Another potential project that may be undertaken by SE is reconstruction of a small hydropower station about 200 metres from a mountain chalet in the park.

Together with the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, the Club of Slovak Hikers (Klub slovenských turistov, KST) and the owner of the Chata pri Zelenom plese chalet, SE has initiated a feasibility study to consider reconstruction of the hydroelectric station.

Currently, a 9-kilowatt generator is used to power the chalet but the study aims to find the best solution to supply environmentally-friendly electricity.


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