After many years, the river otter returned to the Vydrica stream in Bratislava’s city forests. At the end of 2021, the employees of the Municipal Forests in Bratislava discovered the residence signs of this aquatic mammal on one of the ponds in the forest park.
Michal Noga, an employee of the environmental education of the Municipal Forests in Bratislava, explained that in the past the otter was intensively persecuted in Slovakia and almost completely disappeared from the lowland areas of southwestern Slovakia as well as the Little Carpathians.
“In the 90’s of the last century, this area began to be repopulated – data from Záhorie, from the Danube and from Žitný ostrov were added. In the Municipal Forests in Bratislava, we have been intensively searching for her in recent years, but, unfortunately, to no avail. It all changed in the last days of last year, “he said, noting that they had managed to find food scraps and dung that has a specific fishy odor.
The occurrence of otters in Vydrice is currently monitored using photo traps. However, this area of the Bratislava city forests is an important recreational place and the number of visitors there is very high in every season.
“We believe that the otter will find quiet and peaceful places here and will once again become a permanent part of the fauna of Bratislava’s city forests,” Noga said.
The river otter is not the only protected animal that inhabits Vydrica. You can meet a black stork, mountain trails, there are also about 15 pairs of wild ducks. In the stream there is one of the rarest animals – crayfish. “It is really rare, the all-Slovak population lives in several streams in the southern part of the Little Carpathians, Vydrica is one of them,” said Noga.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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