Conservationists ask for animals to have a way through Latvia-Belarus border fence

The Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) recommends including migration corridors for forest animals on the Latvian–Belarusian border fence construction, Latvian Television reported November 4.

The Agency's recommendation applies to both the temporary fence and the permanent fence that is still planned to be built.

The DAP surveyed a three-kilometer-long section of the border that had a barbed-wire fence. No dead or injured animals were found Thursday but the DAP has unofficial information that animals get tangled up in the wire.

“Of course, we are aware, with a deep understanding, that there is an emergency, and that this temporary fence is temporary. And also that this temporary fence is not friendly to animals. So the sooner a permanent fence will be built, where animal migration paths will also be taken into account, the better. On our part, we would, of course, recommend that we consider the issue of the migration path, also in the case of a temporary fence. But we are clearly leaving decision-making in the hands of the State Border Guard,” said Anda Zeize, director of the DAP Latgale Regional Administration.

She also indicated that there will be further discussions on the possibility of using deterrent agents to divert animals from the border line.

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