MOSCOW AREA, USSR
The parks and forests in and around Moscow, covering up to 180,000 hectares, are inhabited by several forms of wildlife which often find the Soviet winter hard.
MOSCOW AREA, USSR
1. GV ZOOM OUT TO LV Deer service for food under snow (3 shots) 0.22
2. GV PAN Trucks pass deer beside roads (3 shots) 0.43
3. SVs Hare, elk and young deer forage (2 shots) 0.56
4. SV PAN Veterinaries treat deer (2 shots) 1.40
5. SV Animal worker feeds titbits to elk 1.54
6. GVs & SV Animal rescue workers go out on motorised patrol (3 shots) 2.33
7. SV Elk approaches passers-by 2.52
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Background: MOSCOW AREA, USSR
The parks and forests in and around Moscow, covering up to 180,000 hectares, are inhabited by several forms of wildlife which often find the Soviet winter hard. Hunger forced several groups of deer from the depths of the woods closer to the roads, where it was easier to forage under the covering of snow. This created a road safety hazard to the animals and driver when they crossed the busy roads. A special animal welfare organisation operated in the forests to provide feeding sites and forage for the animals which, in addition to an estimated 800,000 spotted deer, also gave home to elks, wild boars, squirrels, hares and pine-martens. The service also provided veterinary surgeons to treat ill or injured animals like the young deer featured. Motorised patrols were organised to search for injured animals and to identify herds or groups needing food. According to Soviet wildlife experts, the population of the forests has been growing apace in recent years, and that may be part of the reason why elks can be seen in the city with increasing frequency searching for food. The Moscow authorities had to set up a special department dealing with the removal of elks from city streets. Hunters stalk the animal after it has been spotted, moving close enough to shoot it with a stun capsule as elks can be quite aggressive, before removing it to its natural habitat.