site.btaExperts Researching Possible Reintroduction of Alpine Ibex in Bulgaria
Research is being carried out on the possibilities of restoring the population of Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) in Bulgaria. Experts of the Rewilding Rhodopes and Rewilding Europe foundations carried out a preliminary study earlier in August, Rewilding Rhodopes said on its website.
The preliminary study was carried out from August 8 to 18 along several routes determined on the basis of information about the Albine ibex's ecology and biology, historical and literary data on the species' distribution, and GIS analyses in the high parts of Bulgarian mountains.
Next, a feasibility study report on the species' reintroduction will be elaborated based on the generally accepted recommendations of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The Alpine ibex was widely distributed in large parts of the Bulgarian mountains thousands of years ago but eventually disappeared from this and neighboring Balkan countries. The species was restored in the Rila mountains at the end of the 20th century, when the population exceeded 100 individuals, only to disappear in less than a decade due most probably to poaching.