Rifle found in the snow (c) Land of the Leopard
Since the beginning of 2018, the team of central subordination carried out 68 anti-poaching patrols to protect the Land of the Leopard National Park. The rangers were mostly focused on foot patrols. In total, the team covered about 920 km. The rangers patrolled the protected area, adjoining human settlements and the lands between the border patrol fence and the Chinese border.
Special attention was paid to the territories of the national park adjacent to Filippovka village. When human activities (foot prints and tire tacks) near the Bystraya and Filippovka rivers were noticed at the end of January, the team focused its attention to this region and conducted patrols there.
While patrolling near Ovchinnikovo village, the team discovered an illegal logging site. As there were some trees marked to be cut down, the region was put under observation by the team.
Besides above-mentioned territories, the team also patrolled near Primorsky village, on Bezverkhovsky pass, Bamburovsky firing range, near the Poima River and Zanadvorovka village. Compared to the last quarter, human activities near Bamburovsky firing range has significantly reduced.
Additionally, the team together with professional educator Natalia Drobysheva visited local schools to give lectures on importance of nature conservation.
In January-March, the team carried out a number of UAV patrols to monitor the territory from above.
While patrolling, the team found four tiger tracks, with two belonging to two adult predators and the rest two to two cubs.
On March 1st, during the night patrol in the forest, an unarmed intruder on an ATV was discovered by the team, and later, in the afternoon, a hunting carbine with cartridges was found hidden in the snow. The police officers are working to find a link between the suspicious events.
On March 17, rangers together with the police detained two local residents on the highway Razdolnoye - Khasan. Using a thermal imager, armed men allegedly hunted down ungulates, forced to descend to the road due to deep snow.
The beginning of March brought several large snowfalls to Primorye. In some areas of the Land of the Leopard National Park the thickness of the snow is up to half meter. Ungulates walk down the hills to less snow-covered plains and roads in search of food. In these conditions the team decided to pay more attention to patrolling the route passing through the national park and involve local police officers.
During one of such joint patrols, the attention of rangers and policemen was attracted by a car moving at a minimal speed along the road. The car was stopped by police. When officers requested the driver to show driving license one of the men tried to throw 12 cartridges out of the window. Later it turned out that the detainee had no documents for ammunition. In addition, he was carrying a rifled gun.
The fact that detainees had a thermal imager with them leaves no doubt what exactly they were doing on the track. At present, all the material on the detention was collected and sent to the police for further investigation. Fortunately, violators were caught before they managed to kill any animals.
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Ungulates at Land of the Leopard (c) G. Shalikov
Withdrawn gun (c) Land of the Leopard