Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Russian hunters will not make Amur leopards starve

Tuesday 22 August 2006

At the inter-departmental meeting concerning the forthcoming hunting season at Primorsky Department of Federal Service for Veterenarian and Vegetation Sanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor) the decision to forbid hunting on dens has been accepted for the first time in the Russian Far East. Terms of the hunting period and quota for shooting wild ungulates and bears have also been considered. WWF-Russia's recommendation for a full interdiction of hunting for a badger in the Far East leopard habitat - in Southwest Primorsky Krai (Khasansky district, part part of Nadezhdinsky and Ussuriisky districts between the border with the Peoples' Republic of China and the Razdolnaya river) is accepted. The badger plays the major role in leopards' diet, especially that of young ones. In reply to objections of Nezhinsky hunting ground's specialists, head of Rosselkhoznadzor in Primorye Territory Fyodor Novikov declared: "the leopard is a major figure for us, therefore its interests are placed first. As for hunters, we shall enable them to look for badgers in some other place... ".

Many people heard about a problem repeating from year to year of orphaned bear-cubs. It is the result of hunting on dens in the result of which she-bears frequently perish. Besides, already rare met den trees get ruined. For the first time in the Far East a very important decision - to change the approach to use bear resources is accepted: to forbid hunting on dens, having closed terms of hunting since December, 1st (and in former years hunting at times lasted till mid-February). At the same time it is decided to concentrate hunting in those hunting leases, which actively conduct biotechnical works, allowing them to hunt on oats since August 12.

One of the new things is that in support of Governor of Primorski Krai S.Darkin's suggestion on the maximal restriction of preying deer and wild boars, the decision is accepted to allow hunting only in those areas where the number of the species population still permits it. Thus, for example, hunting on Siberian stag will be closed more than in half of the districts of Primorsky Krai, and on musk deer - is possible only in three northern districts. Population of roe deer inhabiting the Prikhankaiskaya lowland needs badly some period of restoration as it suffered from deep snow and poachers.

At the end of the conference two workbooks devoted to scientific bases of restoration of ungulates in the Far East and methods of carrying out of biotechnical works on additional feeding of deer and wild boars were presented to the audience.

from http://www.phoenix.vl.ru/zoom/hunting.htm

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