(c) Land of the Leopard
In the last days of the passing year we muse about the success in the accomplishment of our highly important mission to protect the Amur leopards. And the most important part of this success belongs to you, our dedicated supporter!
Your donations were used to provide field support to the rangers’ team of the Land of the Leopard national park. From October through December 2017, rangers conducted 70 anti-poaching patrols and covered 690 km on foot patrols!
It is worth mentioning that in October people mostly concentrated around the spawning rivers compared with other months when people also went into the forest.
After a number of ambushes on the Barabashevka River, the team succeeded in detention of three violators who illegally set fishing net and caught five chum salmon. A criminal case was initiated upon the violators under the article 256 of Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The patrol was a success thanks to the use of a quadcopter. While operating a drone, purchased by Phoenix, the rangers spotted a group of people on the right river bank and promptly arrived on the scene.
On October 13-15, the team conducted joint patrols with colleagues from other anti-poaching teams in order to patrol along Barabashevka and Narva rivers. During these three days, over 20 administrative citations were issued and one criminal case was initiated.
In late October, the team paid much attention to patrols in the forest. Total distance of foot patrols was about 180-200 km. The rangers patrolled in forested areas around Filippovka, Ovchinikovo and Bamburovo villages, on Bezverkhovsky pass and along Barabashevka, Brusya and Narva rivers. As a result, 26 administrative citations were issued and two criminal cases initiated.
In November when the spawning season closed, the rangers turned their attention to woodlands, especially territories with adjoining habitations in order to prevent illegal penetration into the protected area, poaching and other illegal activities. Special attention was paid to the territories near Ovchinnikovo and Filippovka villages with high-level human activity. There, the team conducted frequent foot patrols and made ambushes at night. Moreover, the team carried out a few foot patrols in Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve.
In mid-November after a snowfall, the team patrolled near Bamburovo village and discovered signs of human penetration into the protected area. The rangers paid special attention to that territory, but no violators were detained.
In November, the team conducted a patrol across Gamov Deer Farm in order to examine its territory which is about to become a part of the protected area of the national park and plan activities there. To monitor the territory of the national park, the rangers conducted a few drone flights.
When patrolling around Ovchinnikovo village in December, the rangers discovered tire tacks indicating that people illegally entered the territory by vehicles. To reveal violators and prevent illegal activities, over the course of several days the team made ambushes at night time. Also, special attention was paid to territories around Filippovka village. During one of those patrols, the rangers discovered signs indicating that people with dogs entered the Land of the Leopard National Park allegedly to hunt there illegally. Since then, the team patrolled that territory on a daily basis and prevented a few attempts of poachers to trespass the park’s border.
In December, due to lack of abundant snowfalls and gathering of ungulates in close proximity to public roads, there were less cases of illegal hunting from federal roads compared with December 2016.
In November, the rangers were riding in a helicopter above the Land of the Leopard National Park in order to monitor the territory and reveal any signs of illegal human activities. During the flights, the rangers discovered suspicious trails of human footprints near Zanadvorovka village. Next month special attention will be paid to this territory. While patrolling near the Narvinsky pass, the rangers discovered leopard tracks. Tracks of a tigress with cubs were found near Artileriisky stream.
Over 350 motion-sensor cameras will also be constantly monitoring rare cats in the park. Specialists of the Land of the Leopard National Park have started to replace camera traps with new ones. So far in 2017, 15 new leopard cubs have been spotted in Land of the Leopard National Park! The figure may appear to be much higher by the end of the new phase of the monitoring project and this just great news!
We want to thank you once again for being the part of this important mission to conserve the most peaceful and rare predator on the planet! Happy New Year to you and your family!
(c) Land of the Leopard
(c) Land of the Leopard