[singlepic id=572 w=250 h=200 float=left]On the 9th of April 2011, the Milvus Group has captured, successfully anesthetized and, after mounting a GPS-GSM collar (made by Vectronic Aerospace) on it, has released its first bear. The bear, an adult male weighing approx. 250 kilograms, was captured in Harghita County, several kilometers away from the town of Sovata. The capture team consisted of Károly Illyés and Károly Pál (professional gamekeepers, assistants within the bear project), Levente Borka (veterinarian) and the bear project coordinator, Csaba Domokos. The collar is working well and is already sending information on the animal’s activity.
This was the first of a number of bears that we plan to capture as part of a research aiming to identify ecological corridors and passages used by bears on the planned route of the future Tg. Mureș–Iași highway. The ultimate goal of the research is to improve the permeability of the future highway by demanding adequate wildlife crossing structures on the vital spots. Other aims include collecting scientific data such as home range sizes, seasonal movement and habitat use patterns. More information and photos are available on the project’s website.