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During the summer period, the anti-poaching team patrolled the habitats of the Amur leopard intensively.In June 2020, the team conducted 26 law-enforcement patrols of the territory of the Land of the Leopard National Park. The goals and objectives of the work remained the same: it is the identification and prompt suppression of violations of environmental legislation on the territory of the national park.During the month, the priority task of the rangers was to find places where violators are installing "salt licks" for feeding ungulates. The team set up camouflaged tents and carried out round-the-clock ambushes. All the salt licks were destroyed in the end. Additionally, the team checked seasonal violators (mushroom pickers, tourists and fishermen without special permits). Frequent patrols were carried out in areas near Ovchinnikovo and Filippovka villages, as well as in the area of the Narva River.
In July, the team carried out 25 anti-poaching patrols. During the month, the rangers made ambushes at salt licks, but no signs of human presence were discovered.
Special attention was paid to the territory of Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve because people used to get into the protected areas in July in order to harvest ginseng roots. The rangers regularly patrolled on foot along the borders and in the core of the nature reserve. During one of the rounds around the protected area, the rangers found an abandoned campsite and destroyed it.
A joint many-day patrol with border guards was conducted behind the border protection zone between Russia and China. The goal of the patrol was to assist border guards in patrolling the area where Chinese people used to cross the border in order to harvest ginseng roots.
In August 2020, the team's priority task was to identify violations in the Gamow Peninsula cluster. Rangers held night shifts in special mobile cars there. In total during the month 28 patrols were conducted. Also a joint patrol with the South team was carried out in order to prevent illegal gathering of ginseng roots. During the patrol, the rangers discovered a few abandoned camps. No violators were detained.
In September 2020, 29 anti-poaching patrols were carried out. Rangers focused on preparation for the beginning of the salmon spawning season. Frequent day and night patrols were carried out in the areas of Narva, Barabashevka and Brusya rivers. The team established contacts with the police and the Federal Agency for Fisheries for further effective cooperation during the fishing season. Night shifts were carried out in special mobile wagons located near spawning rivers. The rivers were cleaned from the traces of illegal activities of violators: nets, fishing lines, hooks-cats, etc. were destroyed. At the end of the month, a criminal case was opened against two violators for illegal fishing on the Narva River. The violators were detained by the team on the left bank at night. State inspectors seized and transferred to the police department twenty individuals of salmon species (presumably chum salmon), as well as a fixed net, with the help of which the offenders were fishing.
Part of the group was engaged in familiarization with the newly attached territory - the marine reserve. The Kedrovaya Pad nature reserve was also regularly patrolled on foot.
During the reported period, no conflict situations with tigers, leopards and other predators were recorded.
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