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Fallow Deer Released in the Eastern Rhodopes

Recently, the first Fallow deer have been released from the temporary enclosure near the village of Tintyava in the Eastern Rhodopes. The released animals feel very well and started to explore the area around the enclosure and the water sources in the neighbourhood. 25 more animals will join them in October.

The first Fallow deer have been transported to the temporary enclosure in Tintyava from the Studen Kladenets Game Reserve in January 2013. The Fallow deer restoration is a result of the cooperation between New Thracian Gold, National Hunting and Fishing Association - Union of Hunters and Fishermen in Bulgaria, Hunting and Fishing Association "Sokol"-Krumovgrad. The aim is to have a viable population of Fallow deer within a ten years period in the White River Valley and Maglenik Ridge.

Fallow deer occurred widespread in ancient Bulgaria. It features in illustrations and sculptures of Thracian cultures like Panagyurishte and Lukovit and bone remains have been found in almost all Bulgarian prehistoric settlements. It is assumed that fallow deer was exterminated during the Middle Ages.

The released in the beginning of 2013 Red deer in Studen Kladenets Game Reserve are also doing very well. A newborn Red deer has been often seen in the middle of the Reserve, local people's observations make the project experts to think that there are several more fawns in the area of Boynik Planina. The adult stag does significant migrations outside of the strictly guarded zone and the project team believes that it would not become a victim of poachers.

 

See here more about NTG efforts on Fallow deer restoration 

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