Traditionally, the survey takes place in November-December, when the reservoirs have a stable ice cover. However, this year its start was delayed due to the autumn flood. Employees of the specially protected natural area could not cross the rivers on horseback.
Accounting will last about a week.
The inspectors will count beavers, otters and minks. Beavers have lived in the reserve since 1982. Until 2020, its population has grown dramatically. In the last two years, the number of this species in the reserve has not changed, reaching stable levels. According to scientists, this is due to the development by beavers of all areas suitable for living.
The press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources also reported that the otter population in Shulgan-Tash is slowly growing. At the same time, the number of mink in these places is decreasing. According to experts, minks compete with otters, which are becoming more and more numerous in the reserve.
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