Photographer's Note

Another entry from our TE gathering in the great landscape of Podlaskie in the east of Poland.

This time a big guy in a local Nature Park. Bisons are part of the natural animals living in these big forests close to the borders of Belarus.

Today the largest concentration of European bison can be found in Poland's Bialowieza National Park. The park is a 20 square mile area located inside the 220 square mile Bialowieza Forest, and borders Belarus' Beloveskaja Pusca National Park. A large fence divides the forest along the border of the two countries, and separates the herds from each other. Currently their range includes Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation. The bison prefers flat, moist deciduous or mixed forests. Temperatures in January average 25° F in the Bialowieza Forest, and the average snow cover lasts 92 days a year. Traditionally the bison have been fed during the winter, a practice that survives today.


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