Yesterday, December 20, a group of poachers was detained during a routine patrol by the South anti-poaching team in Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge.
According to a senior inspector of the South AP team, at 6 p.m. the law enforcement officers stopped a car inside the protected area. It turned out that three passengers with dogs were returning after illegal hunt in the refuge. The violators, citizens of Slavyanka town, had three rifles and dead roe deer in the car. They were taken to Khasansky police office where a criminal proceeding was initiated.
For the third time since November 2010 a criminal proceeding has been initiated against poachers thanks to concerted actions by the South AP team of Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge.
Earlier, on November 26, after a 4-hour pursuit the South team apprehended two poachers in possession of a 7.62-gauge rifle and a wild boar carcass. On the 12th of November the team found footprints of three trespassers and after a 2-hour chase detained one of three violators.
The anti-poaching work of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge is financed by Phoenix in cooperation with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other partners. The two protected areas represent a habitat for two endangered felines – Amur tiger and Amur leopard, listed in the Russian Red Book, International Red Book and Appendix 1 of CITES Convention. The world conservation community is deeply concerned about the state of these species populations.
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